Habitat for Humanity in the Tri Cities, Washington area has always had plenty of people applying for a house but this year they are running low on applicants. Theresa Richardson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, said that they have never been in need of applicants before. Currently the program has five lots waiting for houses to be built and 3 houses that will be finished in the next couple of months on Yolo Street in Kennewick with only one family waiting for a house. Since 1994 when Habitat for Humanity started in the Tri Cities there has never been a lack of applicants. In the past 16 years there have 62 houses built and dedicated to families. The nonprofit is getting applicants but many of them are being turned away because of bad credit. Families with bad credit are asked to get consumer credit counseling and then reapply again in six months. In order for a family to receive a house they need to be able to afford $550-$600 a month and put in 500 hours of work on the house. To apply for a Habitat for Humanity house visit their office at 313 Wellsian Way or call 509.943.5555.
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