Habitat looking for North Pole applicants

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Habitat for Humanity wants to build a house in North Pole, but there is one problem. It can't find anyone interested in taking advantage of the program.

Past sessions that were held in North Pole attracted absolutely no one, said Nilda Holyfield, chairman of Habitat for Humanity's family selection committee.

''We want people interested in having a home,'' she said. ''We want to start building this summer.''

The homeowner will be selected on need, income, ability to pay and willingness to partner in the project, Holyfield said. The person must be able to put at least 400 hours of volunteer work into the home.

Habitat has built three homes in Fairbanks. This is the organization's first North Pole project. A lot was purchased last fall with funds donated by Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., BP Alaska, Petro Star, Phillips Alaska, Tesoro and Williams Alaska.

Meetings for North Pole applicants will be held at Ryan Middle School from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Call 452-1685 or e-mail habitatmosquitonet.com for more information.

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