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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

A home isn’t built in a day

Habitat for Humanity director addresses housing misconceptions

Darla Weaver | Staff Writer
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The chief executive director of Sacramento Habitat for Humanity addressed public misconceptions about the organization’s housing process March 23 and explained how students could get involved with his organization.

Habitat for Humanity not only builds homes for those affected by natural disasters, it also provides housing for those in underdeveloped neighborhoods and helps low-income families become homeowners, according to Ken Cross.

“The biggest misconception is that we give away free homes,” Cross said.

New homeowners are required to pay monthly house payments, property tax, and insurance, just like all homeowners. The only difference is that the new homeowners are not charged interest on their mortgage, which, according to Cross, results in a low monthly payment.

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“It’s a long process, but I think it’s worth it,” social science major Eddie Johnson said.

Cross also emphasized that Habitat for Humanity encourages people to get involved in their community.

“Construction may or may not be your thing, but there are lots of other things to do at Habitat,” Cross said. “But this is certainly the first step into volunteering and getting a chance to know how you want to make a difference, and to help people in your community.”

“Everything he said hit a nerve, you know?” said business major Robert Smith. “There are a lot of things that could be done.”

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit www.shfh.org.

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