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'Tewksbury Build' Habitat For Humanity Groundbreaking Set For Thursday

Apr 14, 2015 01:59PM ● By Bill Gilman

This lot at 110 State St., Tewksbury has been cleared and will be the site of a Habitat for Humanity home.

The groundbreaking ceremony for Tewksbury's first Habitat For Humanity project will take place Thursday, April 16, at 3:30 p.m.
The single-family ranch-style home is being built at 110 State St.
The family selected for home ownership with this project is the Carroll Family, a mother and three children, who currently live in Lowell. They will be on hand for the ceremony, as will local and state officials, representatives from Habitat for Humanity and representatives of "Tewksbury Build", the local organization backing the project.
"It's a wonderful family, The mother is a terrific lady," said Brenda Gould, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell (HHGL).
The Town of Tewksbury has thrown its support behind the project in the form of two contributions totaling $75,000 from the Affordable Housing Partnership Trust Fund. Other contributions toward the project include a $50,000 pledge from the Tewksbury Congregational Church, $50,000 from the Dancing With the Realtors fundraiser, a $28,000 FHLB award, a $10,000 Shop 2012 net grant and $52,300 in donated construction materials.
While final numbers are not yet available, Gould said she anticipates the mortgage for the family will be kept to around $160,000. That mortgage would be paid directly to HHGL over 30 or 40 years. 
But the biggest part of any Habitat for Humanity project is always the community participation. Organizational meetings hosted by the Tewksbury Congregational Church have attracted scores of residents willing to volunteer their labor, supplies and services. The family receiving the home will also be active participants in its construction, putting in what is referred to as "sweat equity."

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