Habitat for Humanity

Martin and Lori Aragona, owners of Marlo Construction, donated two downtown Jacksonville lots on Ford Street, a donation valued at $40,000, for Habitat to build homes on the properties.

The Aragonas — who are National Association of Homebuilders certified green professionals — will also donate their time in general contracting services. The eco-friendly focus complements the current building practices of Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, which has recently built 10 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Certified Homes.

A green Energy Star building helps keep the energy bills affordable for the families, especially important for Habitat homeowners who are living on a budget.

Marlo Construction couldn’t be happier to help two families fulfill the American dream of owning their own home. Habitat for Humanity’s theme of helping families in difficult times by giving a hand up rather than a hand out is what convinced us to contribute.

We’re very excited about not only building two homes for families in need, but at the same time also contributing to the revitalization of downtown Jacksonville by continuing the Charleston-style architecture. We have also recently relocated our offices to a restored 100-year-old Victorian-style home at 310 New Bridge St.

Habitat will continue to secure donations of cash, materials and labor needed to help in the construction.

Applications for Habitat’s homeownership partnership program are accepted monthly and can be found at crystalcoasthabitat.org. Applications are also available at the Jacksonville Habitat Restore office at 1205 Hargett St. in the New River Shopping Center or in Newport at 5898 U.S. 70. Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity has completed 78 home builds in Onslow and Carteret counties since 1988.

Charitable tax donations can be sent to the Habitat corporate office at P.O. Box 789, Newport, NC 28570. For a deduction on 2011’s taxes, the donation must be sent by Dec. 31.

“With your help, we can continue to eliminate homelessness and poverty housing situations for families in our community,” Durham said of any potential contributor.

From the Jacksonville Daily News -to see article click here

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