A New Family has Received a Habitat Home
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC and the James and Lenka Coyne family have partnered together. The Coynes (shown right) have moved into a like-new rehabbed home on Shabbona St. in Streator. James is a veteran and currently works for Caterpillar in nearby Pontiac. Lenka is a fulltime homemaker.
This Shabbona St. home is the second rehabbed home our local Habitat and the fourteenth in our three county area. The first twelve houses were new constructions made to the specifications of the partnering families.
This project was made possible by the generosity of the Margeret Kashak family and many other generous donors. Please go to our Sponsors page to see a list of many contributing organizations and some of the individuals.
Our Habitat affilate President on this project and two previous homes was Rich Larson. Janie Larson served as Exective Director. The Project Manager for this home and one previous Habitat home was Jeff Coyne.
Habitat owns lots in La Salle County and Bureau County and is preparing for project # 15.
Habitat, through our Brush with Kindness program, has installed new windows, repaired foundations and installed new roofs and porches for existing family homes. Please Contact Us us about qualifying if you are interested.
Habitat for Humanity- LBPC and the Enrique and Ashley Diaz family of four have continued partnering with Habitat and now live in our first ever rehabbed home. Enrique and Ashley along with two year old Reece and baby Graham (left) are in the kitchen of this fourth Streator Habitat home. Habitat volunteers completed the finishing touches on this home, late in 2014, which has all new electrical, plumbing, insulation, drywall, kitchen cabinets and counters, kitchen and laundry appliances along with new exterior siding, and roofing. The home is energy effecient with a new furnace and air conditioning unit.
Pictured (below) is a photo of this Hall St., Streator home.
Another family will soon be selected for another new Habitat home. The next new home (#15) will likely be for a veteran located in Ottawa. Please follow this web site and local media for details. Submitting a completed Habitat Homeowners Application allows our Family Selection Committee to evaluate the needs and qualifications of interested families. Habitat provides help with filling out applications.
Some of our many local partnering homeowner families are single adults. Some of our families are large families. Some of our families have had severe financial difficulties in the past. Habitat does not descriminate in any way. If you are interested in the Shabbona St. Habitat home, please follow the procedures described below.
Interested families can ask for and receive applications as a pdf file attached to an email or by regular mail, or you can download it and print it by going to the Homeownership page on this web site.
Habitat homes are built or rehabbed in partnership with furure homeowners. All homeowners are required to put in many hours of "sweat equity" where they are hands on with the building process. After making a down payment of about $750, the family is provided a no-interest paid mortgage. The annual income requirements for the Streator home ranges from $30,000 to $55,000 depending on the size of the family. Please check our Homeownership page in this web site for more iinformation.
A New House in Ottawa
Late in 2012, Habitat for Humanity -LBPC selected the Snell family of Ottawa for the new 912 W. Superior St., Ottawa home (shown right). The Snell family qualified and consented to partner with Habitat and then moved into their new home. Ms. Snell is a single mom with three children. Their picture appears on Local News.
A number of families applied and were considered by the Family Selection Committee. Home visits were made, financial records were reviewed, applications were studied, interviews were conducted and a family reccommendation was made to the HfH-LBPC Board. The Snell family was then approved and accepted.
Janie Larson (Past-Executive Director) is shown (lower-right) leading one of several Habitat informational meeting in Ottawa. This was part of the process that lead to the eventual selection of the Snell family.
The Ottawa Township High School Building Trades Classes under the direction of instructor Mr. Dave Keely were largely responsible for framing, roofing and sheeting the 912 W. Superior Street, Ottawa house (pictured at the top of this page). Many volunteers worked on interior construction and painting in this home.
Please check our Properties page on this web site to view ten Habitat single family homes and one duplex that have been built for local families starting in 1996.
Mr. Dave Keely and HFH-LBPC Project Manager Mr. Mike Knapp served as Co-Site Supervisors on this project.
Below-right are pictured Ottawa Township High School Building Trades instructor Mr. Dave Keely (center), Sean Clark (left) and Brandon Haerleas they complete roof sheeting on the 912 W. Superior St., Ottawa home. Three O.T.H.S. classes have worked on this project.
LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and loans are provided interest free.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes.
Our Board and Staff
Dan Fitzgerald is our Acting President; Heather Johnson, Vice-President; Lee McCullough, Secretary; Patricia (Pat) Reed, Treasurer, Rich Larson is our Past-President and serves on our board. Our staff consists of: Fran Gibson, Office Administrator & Jeff Coyne, Construction Manager.
Are you interested in becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity-La Salle, Bureau & Putnam Counties?
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC is always looking for people interested in our mission to provide affordable, safe housing. We are in need of people with backgrounds in real estate, public relations, social work and home construction. We also have a need for people with a passion for building relationships for this mission. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out how to be involved with Habitat for Humanity-LBPC. We can be reached at our office at 815-434-2041 or fill out the form on our Get Involved page.