Central Oklahoma Habitat built 60 houses after the May 3, 1999, tornado — in Moore, Oklahoma City, Bridge Creek and as far away as Mulhall — and plans at least as many after this year's twisters, Felton Gilliland said.
Habitat homebuyers must be head of a household (can be a couple with or without children or a single person with or without children); at least a year of stable work history; participation in financial planning and budgeting workshops and other required training; and willingness to put in considerable “sweat equity” — working for Habitat — among other requirements.
But people who lost homes are “fast-forwarded” through the process, Felton Gilliland said.
She said the following will guide Habitat's response:
• Household income can be from $21,000 to $63,000, depending on family size.
• Habitat is aiming for uninsured or underinsured homeowners.
• Habitat homebuyers will pay the usual zero percent interest with a 22-year mortgage note.
• Habitat homes are three- and four-bedroom brick houses up to 1,500 square feet with a two-car garage, in several floor plans.
• Homebuyers have the option of a tornado shelter.
• Habitat is looking for lots to buy, but already has places to build in Oklahoma City, Moore, Blanchard and Shawnee.
• Habitat homes are built to green standards of energy efficiency and have low utility bills.
How to help
To make a donation to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity online, go to www.cohfh.org and click on “Donate to Oklahoma Tornado Victims.” For more information about rebuilding in the tornado-stricken area or Habitat's work in general, call 232-4828, or email Ann Felton Gilliland at AnnFelton@cohfh.