Fredericksburg Habitat professionalizing mortgage services

Effective January 1, 2020, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg is now using the services of HabTex Mortgage to handle mortgage services for houses built in Gillespie County.

This move will “professionalize the process” that has in the past been handled locally by volunteers.

“Using HabTex will make the process more consistent over time,” said Dr. Leonard Bentch, the board member who helped set up the arrangement. “It will also take a huge burden of time and energy off of board members, so they can concentrate on building homes for deserving, working families in our community.”

HabTex will also help the local chapter apply for interest-free loans provided through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

For local Habitat homeowners, the process will be seamless and transparent, with the only change being that payments will be sent to a different address.

This is one of several initiatives the local group is putting in place to address the national organization’s rising compliance standards. They have also hired an Executive Secretary, and are looking at outsourcing other services such as accounting and marketing. Selection of qualifying families has always been outsourced as required by Habitat for Humanity policy.

“The professional compliance requirements of Habitat affiliates have become more complex,” Bentch noted. “We are trying to outsource more of that type of specialized work as the requirements become more burdensome.”

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity was organized in 1995, and has plans to complete its 18th and 19th homes in 2020. Habitat for Humanity is an international organization where homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The office can be contacted at 713-705-0836, www.fbghabitat.org, or fbghabitat.execdir@gmail.com. Mailing address is P.O. Box 2012, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624.

Care-A-Vanners Here for Habitat Home Build #16

Care-A-Vanners Here for Habitat Home Build #16

It’s not quite spring, but for the Care-A-Vanners, there’s no better time to build a house.  Once again, this group of RV Winter Texans has made their annual trek to the Hill Country to lend a volunteer helping hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg. 

This year they are hard at work on Habitat House #16, located at 304 W. Park Street, located right next door to House #15 which they completed last year. Though most of the Care-A-Vanners are from much colder areas of the country, including Ontario Canada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota, the recent chilly weather here has not deterred them from their mission- helping those in need with the construction of decent, affordable housing. Read more

Warmth from up north RV Care-a-Vanners, ‘Snow-birds’ partner with locals to build Habitat homes

Warmth from up north RV Care-a-Vanners, ‘Snow-birds’ partner with locals to build Habitat homes

People who think retirees check out and live a leisurely life of luxury don’t know the Care-a-Vanners.

Dick and Linda Aide quickly tired of “touristy stuff” after they left the working world in 1997. The Wisconsin-based snowbirds felt the need to do something besides tool around in their RV and visit sites that catered to visitors in Texas and Arizona.

They visited Texas, visiting the LBJ State Park and Fredericksburg museums. They liked the town, but wanted to do something constructive. They began to research the Habitat for Humanity program.

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Oak Hills Church Lends a Hand to Habitat

 

Labor Day weekend found the Oak Hills Church congregation laboring in the heat instead of lounging by the pool. That Sunday church members lent a hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg in clearing the lot behind Habitat’s newest build located at 306 W. Park St.

Over 30 people cut down brush, pulled out undergrowth, and chopped weeds at the location. Working alongside church members, new Habitat homeowners Josh and Roxanne Perez and their children literally provided their “sweat equity” as well, 300 hours of which is required by the organization before moving in.

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Holy Ghost Helps Habitat

Holy Ghost Helps Habitat

June 22, 2014–Summer found the Holy Ghost Lutheran Church Service Team brushing up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity’s House #15. A congregational project that included thirty youth and adults, as well as Habitat volunteers and the home’s new owners, got the majority of the structure painted in three hours that Sunday afternoon. Other church volunteers prepared lunch and made refreshments, cut down vegetation to allow for easier access for the painters, and also prayed for a few hours, in this case, for no rain.

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Care-A-Vanners Lend Helping Hand to Habitat House #15

Care-A-Vanners Lend Helping Hand to Habitat House #15

The groundhog may have seen his shadow, but a prediction of four more weeks of winter doesn’t stop the Care-A-Vanners from making their annual trek to Fredericksburg. The Care-A-Vanners, a group of RV Winter Texans, are here again to lend a volunteer helping hand to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg.

This year they are hard at work on Habitat House #15, located at 306 W. Park Street. This home will be a new challenge for the builders, as it will be the first two story structure they have tackled for the organization. Though most of the Care-A-Vanners are from much colder areas of the country, including Ontario Canada, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Washington State, and Kansas, the recent chilly weather here has not deterred them from their mission- helping those in need with decent, affordable housing. Read more