By LENORE RUTHERFORD
Tuolumne Countys Habitat for Humanity affiliate is getting ready to put a fourth family into a house thanks to donated property and a San Francisco companys desire to build.
It all started when Tuolumne County golfing buddies Dick Donovan and Bob Edwards bought a one-third-acre lot in Ponderosa Hills about 10 years ago as an investment.
We never did anything with it, though, said Donovan. We finally decided a couple of years ago to put it up for sale, but lots werent selling then.
Edwards said he and Donovan decided to donate land for a Habitat home after the Tuolumne County Association of Realtors approached Edwards six months ago about doing such a project.
It turned out its a little too early for the Realtors, he said this week, but I understand a Bay Area company wants to do it. As long as Habitat for Humanity gets the house, its fine with us. This is our way of giving back to the community.
The PMI Group, which is headquartered in San Francisco, is one of the largest private mortgage insurers in the United States.
Since 1994, the company and its employees have helped build 13 Habitat for Humanity houses and sponsored 24 others.
The company plans to pay for the materials and blitz build it in one week beginning Monday, June 24, using PMI employees along with Tuolumne County Habitat for Humanity volunteers and subcontractors.
The company uses such projects as motivational training for its employees.
Habitat for Humanitys Tuolumne County affiliate will select a family to live in the home.
Applicants must meet low-income criteria, have reasonably good credit and the ability to repay an interest-free mortgage, and put in a minimum of 500 hours helping to build the house.
The only way to get an application is to attend one of four public meetings in January or February.