Hooray for Habitat

While most people know that Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families in need, some may not be aware that the organization sometimes builds whole neighborhoods. That is what will happen in Rock Hill's Crawford Woods subdivision.

The first Habitat home has been completed, and volunteers hope to build 10 more in the future. Habitat bought four acres at the intersection of Crawford Road and Irwin Street a year ago and has lined up sponsors for pay for the construction of homes for eligible families.

Families must show a need, make a steady income and take courses in the responsibilities of home ownership. And they must help build the home.

They will be joined by 35 to 40 local volunteers, many of them from Oakland Avenue Presbyterian and Oakland Baptist churches. Some of the volunteers have been involved with Habitat for years.

Habitat has built more than 30 houses in York County. We have long admired the work of this organization. For those it helps, this may be their only hope of achieving -- and hanging on to -- the American dream of home ownership.

Habitat has not only been building homes but also helping to create more stable communities and more secure families across the nation. We are grateful that so many in York County have been the recipients of that good will.

Local volunteers have undertaken a project to build a whole neighborhood in Rock Hill.