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Habitat for Humanity looking for potential homeowners

Acceptance process takes about ten weeks

MADISON, Wis. - On Monday, a historic Madison home will be taken apart.

Habitat for Humanity will be salvaging wood flooring and cabinets and recycling metal at a century-old home in the Greenbush neighborhood.

The home is scheduled to be replaced by an apartment building.

The house was on the market for free, meaning that any buyer only had to pay to move it, which would have cost around $40,000.

But there were not any takers for that opportunity, so the house will be torn down, but not before Habitat members can save material that will be sold at Habitat stores.

Meanwhile, a group of hopeful potential homeowners met at the Warner Park Recreation Center over the weekend to learn how they could have a Habitat for Humanity home of their own.

Those in attendance received applications, which begins a ten-week acceptance process.

It takes Habitat volunteers almost nine months to build a home. But coordinators say the end results are worth the work.

"We've had families where, she said her son became an architect after watching his house being built," said Habitat for Humanity family services coordinator Angie Grim. "We've had other people say, 'I ended up going on to school because I finally had a quiet place to study,' so it means everything to us."

Another meeting takes place on Monday at 6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Church at 5701 Raymond Road.

For more information, go to Habitat for Humanity of Dane County's web site.

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