Merrill McKewen, the newly appointed executive director of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area, finds a special joy in being able to help people build and enhance their lives. "We're not perpetuating poverty; we're perpetuating success," McKewen says. Habitat for Humanity partners with potential homeowners who must complete several tasks before owning a house, including 250 hours of work on their houses and other Habitat houses, as well as financial and homeowner training. After their houses are built, and they've learned how to finance them, the homeowners buy them through zero-interest mortgage payments over the next 30 years. Habitat For Humanity Mississippi Capital Area exists to build houses for the working poor in the...
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