Building a neighborhood
BALDWIN — Shawn Washington, president for Lake County Habitat for Humanity, has big plans, and with help from other board members and volunteer organizations, one of them — more housing for Lake County — is coming to fruition.
On Friday, work began to clear a 14-lot parcel of land between Guthrie and Sheridan streets near Baldwin. Team Rubicon and Heavy Equipment Response Coalition teamed up with Lake County Habitat for Humanity to remove trees and stumps so homes can be built.
The first home in the “neighborhood” will be constructed on the northeast corner of the parcel of the property, and will be housing a military family there, Washington said.
“We can build homes for six families here, both military and non-military families,” she said. “Our goal is to provide safe, healthy and affordable homes. One military family has already been pre-approved and another family is in the process. We are looking move in one to two families in the neighborhood each year. This will be a nice site with connection to the village’s water/sewer system.”
Washington said the project is one of several groups in the county selected to potentially be awarded the Lake County Community Foundation focus grant, which helps fund a larger-scale project.
“We are an all volunteer group that gives people training for building skills. We are getting trees down and pulling stumps. After, we will grade everything,” said Jim Simmons, regional director of Team Rubicon. “We had three local volunteers work with us clearing the site. They have good hearts and are good workers.”
Washington said Lake County Habitat for Humanity can always use donors to help them continue to provide for people of the county.