=Mason County Habitat for Humanity has begun construction on its tenth home. The location of the home is 603 Brazos St., on the north side of town.Habitat for Humanity is a Christian-based ministry that builds safe, affordable homes and then sells the home to a partner family “at cost” with low or no interest. The partner family enters into partnership with the Habitat affiliate and contributes at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” toward the construction of the home. This year’s partner family is Julie Garcia and her son, Izaac.The family selection process begins with a series of orientation meetings where the prospective families complete applications and learn of their responsibilities as a Habitat homeowner. Home visits are made by members of the Family Selection Committee to determine the current living conditions of the applicants. The families cannot have previously owned a home and must be currently living in unsafe or sub-standard conditions.This year’s home will once again be an energy efficient “Gold Star” home, resulting in significantly lower utility bills for the new homeowner.“We are very proud of what this great community has accomplished with Habitat for Humanity”, said President Paul Branch. “When you realize that this county of some 3,700 people builds a new Habitat home each year, that puts us as one of the best in the nation on a per capita basis. Think how many new homes they would have to build in places like Austin or San Antonio if they built one for every 3,700 residents! We could not have done this without the moral, physical and financial support of the citizens of Mason County and surrounding areas.”The first group of Care-a-Vanners will arrive February 12, with completion of the new home scheduled for April 20th. The public is invited to stop by the construction site at any time to observe the construction of the home.