CATEGORY: Charities

AUTHOR: EILEEN

Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity

Year organized: 1984.

United Way member since: 1989.

People served: Residents living in Lee County.

Annual budget: $200,000 to $300,000.

United Way contribution: $25,000.

Director: Kathy Wallace.

Purpose of agency: "We are a Christian housing ministry which builds houses for low-income families. We finance these houses on 20-year mortgages and charge no interest for the life of the loan.

"The recipients of these home prove three things to us. They must show need, the ability to repay the loan and they must put in 300 to 500 hours of sweat equity helping to build the home. We build homes almost entirely with volunteer labor and as much donated material as possible."

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