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Habitat for humanity seeking volunteers in Kenly

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KENLY — Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is seeking volunteers to help build a home in Kenly.

“This home, led by a coalition of Johnston County churches, donors and community volunteers, will be the fifth Habitat home built in Johnston County since 2018,” said Habitat spokeswoman Olivia Bowler.

For the Kenly project, Habitat needs volunteers on the following Saturdays: Feb. 15, 22 and 29 and March 7, 21 and 28. No experience is required; just sign up by emailing Bowler at olivia.bowler@habitatwake.org.

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County expanded in 2018 to serve Johnston County.

“Johnston County remains a tremendous area of opportunity for Habitat,” said Bill Ahem, president and chief executive of the Wake County group. “We are grateful to our strong partnerships there for helping us meet more of the need for affordable housing.”

According to Bowler, more than 19,000 families in Johnston County are “cost burdened,” meaning they must choose between paying for housing and paying for other necessities like health care and groceries. Habitat helps such families build new single-family homes with affordable mortgages.

On Feb. 8, Habitat will host an open house and application session at one of its completed Kenly homes, Bowler said. “It is a great opportunity to see what a Habitat home looks like, speak to one of our certified housing counselors and even apply on site,” she said.

The open house will be from noon to 5 p.m. at 307 S. Maple St. Families may also apply online at habitatwake.org/kenly.

Habitat families must invest 200 hours of sweat equity building their home.

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