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Habitat passes on duplex, but it will still be used to help a family
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MONROE - Green County Habitat for Humanity accepted one of the two duplexes from Pleasant View Nursing Home offered by the county in May 2010, but now the organization is selling the home to the Southwest Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP).

But the house, moved to 1017 17th Ave. in Monroe last year by Habitat volunteers, will still go for the same purpose - to be sold to a low- to moderate-income family, according to Carol Holmes, the newly-elected president of Green County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH).

"It was just too much house" for Green County Habitat and for any of its applicants, said Holmes.

Holmes said renovating the three-bedroom home with two bathrooms and a drive-in basement garage and bringing it within building codes had become too much of a financial burden for the group. Moreover, none of the five or six applicants for the home qualified under the Habitat for Humanity requirements.

Holmes said SWCAP is now purchasing the house, which will give Green County Habitat more cash to start a home being planned in Blanchardville.

The new building site is outside Green County, but the group had been planning to expand beyond its county lines for several years, said Cathy Sennett, GCHFH Board member.

"We have seen great excitement and significant promised support from our friends and neighbors in Layette County who do not have a Habitat affiliate of their own," Sennett said. "We also have the blessing of the Iowa County Habitat affiliate who has not built in Blanchardville."

The non-profit group's primary annual fundraiser, Bike 4 Habitat, raised nearly $16,000 in May. Those funds will also go toward breaking ground for the home in Blanchardville this summer. But GCHFH is still needs funds to make the build in Blanchardville happen without putting another financial strain on its budget.

GCHFH elected new officers Monday: Carol Holmes, president; Dan Blum, vice-president; Paula Elmer, secretary; and Bob Nelson, treasurer. Three new broad members, Scott Daubert, Ron Georgeson and Jeff Maliszewski, join with Steve Preston, Jan Sanders, Cathy Sennett, Wendy Cuevas, Jean Christen.

Habitat for Humanity of Green County is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing in partnership with those in need in Green County. Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Green County has worked with 16 families to build or remodel homes.