Mason County Habitat for Humanity is pleased to announce that the application process will soon begin for selection of the next local family to partner with Habitat to own their own home. Paul Branch, Habitat President, announced that the Board of Directors has approved construction of the 10th home in Mason County. This next build is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2011, and with the assistance of construction foreman, Keith Kaan, will be Habitat’s second certified “green” house. Certified homes use less energy, generate less greenhouse gasses, require fewer materials to build, offer a fresher, healthier living environment, and save homeowners money on utilities and maintenance from the day they move in.Mason County Habitat for Humanity is a locally run Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical, Christian non-profit housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build decent, safe and affordable housing. The Mason Habitat Family Selection Committee selects new homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. Family selection follows a nondiscriminatory policy where race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or family status is not a factor in choosing the families who receive a Habitat house. Habitat builds with people in need regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability or familial status and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. The selected family is expected to partner with the Habitat by providing “sweat-equity” in the construction of their home. Upon completion, the house is sold to the selected applicant. Please note the eligibility requirements to apply: (1) be a Mason County resident for 1 year; (2) do not currently own a home; (3) exhibit a need for safe and adequate housing; (4) be willing to partner with Mason County Habitat for Humanity; and, (5) meet the following household income guidelines.