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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PLANNING WORK CAMP

June 13, 1991

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Setbacks in planning Lawrence Habitat for Humanity's fifth house won't halt a home-raising summer work camp, organizers said today.

Construction at 17th and Harper will begin June 25 despite limited funding, obstacles at city hall and a change in the recipient family.

Gloria Jacobs of Lawrence said Habitat will host a national work team during the June 25-29 camp, regardless of current difficulties.

"Some of the (Habitat) board members are beginning to wonder if Habitat has more faith than money," said John Gingerich, Habitat president.

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Habitat International is sponsoring 15 summer work crews that will build homes across the country.

About 13 work-crew members from eight states will join local volunteers at the Lawrence construction camp, Jacobs said.

"WE ARE $8,000 short of the $10,000 we'd like to have before starting the house that will be raised during the work camp," Gingerich said.

Jacobs, work-camp coordinator, said the design of the new house was changed after city officials objected to a plan that lacked a garage.

"We did the plans without a garage," she said. "The city is insisting on a garage. We'll just use a plan used previously."

In addition, the family chosen to assume ownership of the fifth Habitat house no longer fits the organization's guidelines.

A new family will be selected before construction begins, said Ginger Ratzlaff, chair of the family selection committee.

New homeowners are required to contribute 350 hours of "sweat equity" to Habitat's construction efforts, Ratzlaff said.

Jacobs said each family buys the home from Habitat for $30,000 to $35,000 and must repay the interest-free debt over 20 years.

THE WORK camp officially begins with an opening walk at 8 a.m. June 25 from the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to the construction site.

Groundbreaking will be at 8:45 a.m. that day and construction will get under way about 30 minutes later. The camp will end June 29.

Jacobs said Habitat volunteers don't need to have expertise in house construction.

"There is room for everybody," she said.

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