WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Tara Hoke works as a certified pharmacy technician in Waynesboro. She is a mother of two and was recently looking for a new home.
A few of her friends told her about Habitat for Humanity in Franklin County.
“I applied and was approved, and I’m very excited and very grateful,” Hoke said.
Over the next few months, construction workers will build her home on North Broad Street.
A family that used to rent out the property noticed structural issues and donated it, allowing Habitat for Humanity to demolish and rebuild.
As a part of Hoke's agreement, she will pay a monthly mortgage and is mandated to put in a certain amount of volunteer hours on the house, which she says doesn't bother her at all.
“I see the community coming together. I see my co-workers coming together, family and friends asking if they can help volunteer with the house, and I'm hands-on, so I’m excited about that part - being able to build the house," Hoke said.
Her new home will have three bedrooms, a garage and a bath and a half.
“What we say is a safe, decent and affordable place to live. It will over time build equity for her and that's what habitat is all about - giving everyone in our community a decent place to live,” said Mark Story, executive director for the Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity officials said they hope to have the house completed by the end of October.