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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 23 Shown at the groundbreaking for the fourth Habitat For Humanity home in Sussex County are (l-r) Devona Smith, Fred Short, Selbyville Mayor Cliff Murray, Father John Hird, and Habitat Construction Manager Ernie Elsasser. Sussex Habitat for Humanity breaks Selbyville ground for fourth house project By Dennis Forney Sussex County Habitat for Hu- manity broke ground for its fourth house in four years on Wednes- day, Aug. 27. Ron Trupp, presi- dent of Habitat in Sussex, said the organization has plans to begin another house before the year is out. The house for which ground was broken on Wednesday will be constructed on a lot on Railroad Avenue in Seibyville. Father John Hird of St. Martin Episcopal "Church in Selbyville, president of Interfaith Mission of Sussex County which donated the lot for the home, noted that Interfaith cleared the lot which had been lit- tered with garbage and a rotted tree. An ecumenical effort in Sussex to help with decent housing, Inter- faith has also donated a lot for a second house near the other in Selbyville. Fred Short and Devona Smith of Frankford will invest 500 hours of "sweat equity" into their new home which they will help build along with a number of Sussex Habitat For Humanity volunteers. Ernie Elsasser, co-chairman of the Sussex Habitat for Humanity Construction Management Com- mittee, said everyone is welcome to join in the effort which will take place on Saturday mornings be- ginning Sept. 6. "It should take pbout eight months for completion of a simple, decent, affordable house," said Elsasser. "! woke up this morning and felt good," said Fred Short.. "I ain't never built a house before. This is a nice spot, a nice piece of ground. Not too far from the store." Devona Smith agreed. "I've been dreaming of a house for years." Fred Short said'he has a foster son who will probably help in the construction. "And my sis- ter had nine boys. I'm going to get them to help me too." Devona is currently unemployed while Fred does construction work in- cluding plumbing and black top. Montgomery Sturgis will also be helping: He'll be a neighbor in future years because his applica- tion to become a Habitat family received approval recently. "I've already worked I 1 hours on this house," said Sturgis. "I've learned a lot and I'm going to take everything I've learned and take it to the next house which will be for my family." Sturgis and his wife, Sherry, have five children. He works at Townsend's Poultry and she works for Perdue. Ron Trupp, noted that Lewes- Rehoboth Rotary Club has donat- ed $1,250 for the foundation of the Short-Smith home and Balti- more Trust has donated $1,500 for the sub-floor and employees of the bank plan to help in construc- tion. "We use Jesus economics," said Trupp. "There's no profit taken on the materials we purchase, there's no interest charged on the mortgage, and the houses are built with all-volunteer labor," said Trupp to the crowd assembled for the groundbreaking. "That's why the houses are so affordable." [Average mortgages for Habitat. houses are under $300 per month including taxes.] Trupp noted that Habitat For Humanity has built 55,000 houses around the world since it began in Georgia in 1976. We're in every state in the union and in many countries overseas. The program allows people to become home- owners who otherwise wouldn't be able." Selbyville Mayor Cliff Murray said the program is making a real difference. "This is giving people an opportunity to enjoy what other people enjoy. They've already cleaned up this area and it looks a lot better. This is what we need in Selbyville." Subscribe to the Cape Gazette Call 645-7700 today '6Z S00ICI" SUI00U00AN