Three New Families Are Receiving Habitat Homes
Habitat for Humanity -LBPC selected the Snell family of Ottawa for the new 912 W. Superior St., Ottawa home (shown bottom-right). The Snell family has qualified and has consented to partner with Habitat. Ms. Snell is a single mom with three children.
A number of families applied and were considered by the Family Selection Committee. Home visits were made, financial records were reviewed, applications were studied, interviews were conducted and a family reccommendation was made to the HfH-LBPC Board. The Snell family was then approved and accepted.
Janie Larson (Development/Volunteer Coordinator) is shown (lower-right) leading one of several Habitat informational meeting in Ottawa. This was part of the process that lead to the eventual selection of the Snell family.
In addition to the new Snell home, Habitat for Humanity- LBPC has almost completed rehabing the first of two Streator homes. After looking at many options, it was decided that aquiring and rehabing two pre-existing single family homes is a better strategy than building new. Both homes will receive new electrical, plumbing, drywall, kitchens and appliances along with all new exterior siding, roofing and landscaping, etc. This is the first time that HfH-LBPC has been involved in rehabilitating existing homes.
The Family Selection Committee is in the process of selecting a family for the beautifully rehabilitated three bedroom Hall St. Habitat home in Streator. The home is very near completion with just a few a few finishing touchs to be done on the siding when the weather allows. The home is shown (below-left) in the very early stages of the rehab process.
Another family is going to be selected for the another rehabbed Streator home on Shabbona St.
Informational meetings will be announced and will be held for interested potential homeowners. Please follow this web site and local media for details.
Two of our many local partnering homeowner families are single adults with no children. Some of our families are large families. Some of our families have had severe financial difficulties in the past. Habitat for Humanity does not descriminate in any way. If you are interested in the Shabbona St. Habitat home, please follow the procedures listed below.
After attending an informational meeting, interested families can ask for and receive applications as a pdf file attached to an email or by regular mail or you can download it and print it by going to the Homeownership page on this web site.
Our mailing address can be found on the Contact Us page of this web site, or you may call (815)-434-2041 or email
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Habitat homes are built in partnership with the future homeowners. All homeowners are required to put in many hours of "sweat equity" where they are hands on with the building process. After making a down payment of about $750, the family is provided a no-interest paid mortgage. The annual income requirements for the Streator home ranges from $30,000 to $55,000 depending on the size of the family. Please check our Homeownership page in this web site for more information.
The Ottawa Township High School Building Trades Classes under the direction of instructor Mr. Dave Keely were largely responsible for framing, roofing and sheeting the 912 W. Superior Street, Ottawa house (pictured at the top of this page). Many volunteers worked on interior construction and painting in this home.
Please check our Properties page on this web site to view ten Habitat single family homes and one duplex that have been built for local families starting in 1996.
Mr. Dave Keely and HFH-LBPC Project Manager Mr. Mike Knapp served as Co-Site Supervisors on this project.
Below-right are pictured Ottawa Township High School Building Trades instructor Mr. Dave Keely(center), Sean Clark (left) and Brandon Haerleas they complete roof sheeting on the 912 W. Superior St., Ottawa home. Three O.T.H.S. classes have worked on this project.
LaSalle, Bureau and Putnam Counties HFH is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and loans are provided interest free.
Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor - "sweat equity" - into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more homes.
Are you interested in becoming involved with Habitat for Humanity-La Salle, Bureau & Putnam Counties?
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC always endeavors to strengthen itself and it's mission.
At our August 2013 meeting, Rich Larson, James Hardie storeroom manager, was elected President for a fourth one year term. Mark Stoudt, commercial bank officer - Ottawa Savings Bank is our most recent new member of our Board. Other Board members include: Heather Johnson, Vice-President; Lee McCullough, Secretary; Patricia (Pat) Reed, Treasurer; Michael Moore, Vicki Smith and Stephen Johnson. Fran Gibson is our Administrative Assistant and Janie Larson is our Development/Volunteer Coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity-LBPC is always looking for people interested in our mission to provide affordable,safe housing. We are in need of people with backgrounds in real estate, public relations, social work and home construction. We also have a need for people with a passion for building relationships for this mission .Please contact Janie Larson our Development/Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in finding out how to be involved with Habitat for Humanity-LBPC. Janie can be reached by e-mail at
or at our office at 815-434-2041.