Since 1995, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fredericksburg has helped 14 area families find a new home.
Habitat hopes to add Home #15 to that list of dwellings this year.
A building lot is ready and waiting, however to “raise the roof,” they must first raise the money.
To that end, Habitat is launching a “Raise the Roof” Fund Drive this summer.
“Habitat for Humanity is not a hand out, it is a hand up,” explained Melodi Frederick, board president. “Our goal is to help local families in need with clean, decent, safe affordable housing.”
The first Habitat home was constructed in 1996 for $25,000.
Eighteen years later, that price has almost quadrupled. Habitat Home #15 is estimated to cost $90,000, according to Frederick.
“Just as it takes a lot of hands to build a Habitat home, it takes a lot of heart to help fund it,” she said.