Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is facing a dilemma. The organization has two brand new, well-built homes nearly ready for new families. Yet, so far, only a handful of applicants have stepped forward to move in, despite the fact that both are interest free with a low-cost mortgage.
The challenge for filling the Fitch Street homes is that they were built with specific people in mind. First, the new homeowners must qualify for the organization's income standards. In addition, the homes were built by veterans, for disabled veterans.
The homes feature high-efficiency furnaces and hot-water heaters; along with three rooms.
The head of Habitat for Humanity in Syracuse says there are many who qualify, but few have stepped forward.
"We have 32,000 disabled veterans in Onondaga County and we've only received five applicatations for these homes," said Habitat for Humanity Director Suzanne Williams. "And, unfortunately, of the five applications we've received, maybe two of them are going to be seriously considered. But we need many more applications, not only for these homes, but we plan on doing at least one veteran build a year from now on."
Anyone interested in applying for one of the homes can contact the local Habitat for Humanity office at (315) 422-2230.