The groundbreaking ceremony for Erath County Habitat for Humanity’s 21st home will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 14, at 234 W. Walnut Street.

The family receiving the home is a single mother who has already completed over 100 hours of sweat equity and has been waiting a year to move into her new home.

“That's the thing that I think is very important for people to understand about our families,” said Stacy Morrison, chair of the Building Committee. “We only build one a year. Once a family is selected, it’s usually about two years before they get into their home. That first year they’re doing sweat equity on the home before theirs and the second year is when they’re working on their own home, so it’s about two years for a family to get into a home once they’ve been approved through the application process.”

The Selection Committee chooses homeowners based on four criteria: The applicant’s level of need, their willingness to partner with Habitat including at least 300 hours of sweat equity, they have to be gainfully employed and able to repay a mortgage through an affordable payment plan and they must be residents of Erath County for at least one year. 

Morrison said it felt amazing to finish the 20th home in November and she’s excited to start work on the next.

“I’m most excited to get the process started and to invite the community to partner with us,” she said. “We need more affordable housing for families and especially in the lower incomes. I'm excited about being a part of building decent affordable housing in Erath County.”