DUBLIN - Volunteers for Erath County Habitat for Humanity are ready to begin construction on a third Habitat home in Dublin, but before they can start the hammering, they need to find a lot.

Chuck Rives, Habitat spokesman, said the group would like to pour the foundation on the new house in August. He said the organization is open to buying a lot at a reasonable price, but since Habitat is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the tax benefit to an owner donating land could be of greater benefit as a tax write-off.

Habitat for Humanity is a international non-profit ecumenical Christian housing organization, which works through volunteers to eliminate substandard housing in local communities. The Erath County Habitat has constructed 11 houses since its founding in 1998.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundred of hours of labor-"sweat equity"-into building their homes and the homes of others. The mortgage payments that Habitat homeowners make, go into a revolving fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses in Erath County.

Rives may be reached at 968-9240.

Information is also available from Dublin City Manager David Carrothers at 445-3331 or Dublin EDC Executive Director Sandy Reed at 445-1919.