Housing project in Cotati makes steady progress
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By Dave Williams  March 28, 2014 12:00 am

When Sonoma County’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity broke ground on a five-home complex in Cotati in October, only one family had done the necessary work to assure themselves of a home.

Five months later, another family has come aboard, and significant progress has been made on the project, according to Executive Director Tyler Turkle.

“The first family should be moving in sometime hopefully in April, May at the latest,” Turkle said. “But we really don’t want to be too specific with the date and not be able to deliver.”

Michael and Fern Turner, and their two children, will be the first family to reside in the new project. They have put in 500 sweat equity hours in addition to making the mortgage payments. Those hours consist of them helping to build their own home and the homes of others.

The home building for Habitat homes is done by volunteers and the money for materials and supplies comes from community donations. Also, the home owners’ monthly mortgages fund future Habitat homes.

One thing people should know about Habitat for Humanity is those who benefit from the program are not given free homes. Those who purchase homes through Habitat for Humanity do so with zero to low interest rates.

The process of getting into the Habitat for Humanity program can take up to two years. The Turners also had to go through extensive interviews with various Habitat for Humanity officials before they were chosen.

This entire project, according to both Turkle and Isabel Accornero, director of family and volunteer services, is likely to be completed by the end of 2015.

Turkle said when this project reaches completion, Habitat for Humanity has targeted Cotati for more development.

“We hope to proceed for the development of another project with Cotati…something along the lines of six homes,” Turkle said.


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