Habitat for Humanity meetings are Dec. 2 and 9


OREGON — Habitat for Humanity Ogle County is beginning the process of choosing a partner family for its 2022 House Build in Rochelle. 

The first application/informational meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Oregon Church of God, 860 W. Oregon Trail Rd. The second meeting will be in Rochelle at the Holcomb Bank from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9.  For more information and an application, call Vanessa at 815-440-6598. 

The building of a Habitat home takes many hours of planning. It begins with and orientation/ application event at which a person in need of affordable decent housing can apply to be awarded an interest free mortgage on a new home.

To qualify, a family must be willing to partner with Habitat and put in “sweat equity.”  They must have a need for affordable decent house. They also must be able to make regular monthly payments.

Habitat uses volunteers and gifts in kind to build a quality house and a minimum cost. This is not a free home. It carries an interest-free mortgage and regular payments will be made.

It is required a family attend one of the above two meetings. 

They must bring: copies of driver’s license or state ID (proof of Ogle County Residence), copies of federal tax returns over the last two years including W-2’s.], copies or your last month’s pay stubs, copies of last two bank statements (checking and saving) and proof of any other type of income (child support, social security, disability etc.).

Habitat plans to break ground in Rochelle next spring. It just finished a build on South 9th Street and the new house will be two doors down. It also built a house in 2018 on 8th Avenue. Habitat is excited to meet its new partner family and get started.

Habitat is also looking for volunteers to server on a couple of committees. It is looking for someone to head up its fund-raising group, volunteer committee and a church relations person.  If you are interested in serving on one of these groups, please contact Vanessa at 815-440-6598 or Gail at 815-494-2114.