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Potential homeowners reach out to Habitat

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 7, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of people applying to become Habitat for Humanity homeowners has doubled. That's at least the case for the New Horizons chapter of Habitat in Americus.

As the economy declines and people are having a more difficult time getting approved for mortgages, more are looking to Habitat for home ownership.

Executive Director Alice Stapleton said, "I would say that we probably saw an increase of 50 individuals or more at our last potential homeowners orientation that we held several months ago and we expect that number to continue to rise."

Jim Slaughter said, "More and more people are losing their homes now and with the socioeconomic group that we're working with a lot of them are losing jobs and they're having to take a lower paying job and of course, the mortgage industry has dried up completely."

Another possible reason for the increase in applicants is more awareness of the program. Right now, the New Horizons chapter is still seeking people who are interested in becoming homeowners.

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