30 Michiana families will get new, improved homes from Carter Work Project

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- It's the 35th year of the Carter Work Project. The well-known Habitat for Humanity project, named for former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter.

Each year, communities across the world, apply to have a chance to have new homes built and renovated by the project. 

2018 is Michiana's year.

21 homes will be built, in a completely new neighborhood, in Mishawaka. 

7 homes will be also be built in South Bend, along with a few major repairs made to other homes.

The project lasts from August 26-31, 2018.

Thousands of volunteers will flock to St. Joseph County, to help the Carters, Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood, and other notable names, volunteer to help Michiana communities. 

It's a highly competitive program, one that the county is lucky to get. 

Andrew Cary, the Homeownership Director, says there are a list of qualifications they look at, prior to deciding which families will benefit from the project.

Cary adds, they are not free homes.  Families are expected to pay mortgages and taxes. 

"It's going to be great for the economy and creating new homeowners," says Homeownership Program Director, Montana Knapp. "It's always a good thing for the economy.  Our families have paid more than a million dollars in property taxes, so it's going to be a great project for everyone involved."

The South Bend office of Habitat for Humanity has already received numerous applications, for people wanting to own one of these new homes.

The first application meeting is October 20, at noon, at the Mishawaka downtown library.  

Further information, and a list of other meetings, can be found here

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