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Sherman donates another lot for Habitat home

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Laurie Mealy, right, gets a look at a property being donated to Habitat for Humanity by the City of Sherman. (KTEN) Laurie Mealy, right, gets a look at a property being donated to Habitat for Humanity by the City of Sherman. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County has properties and houses in Denison, but now the City of Sherman has been stepping up its donation game.

Habitat is happy to offer deserving families more options.

"To start a house, we need a qualified family; we need money," said executive director Laurie Mealy. "We need a lot, and we need volunteers, so until all those four things are in place we can't start a house."

The City of Sherman is helping Habitat for Humanity get a quarter of the way to raising the walls. Just a month ago, the city donated its first property to the organization, and this month they're doing it again.

"When we first gave them a property on 1st Street, we were actually looking at two to three other properties, but we wanted to do our due diligence and make sure all the titles and things like that was clear," explained City Council member Willie Steele.

The city said the lot was calling the non-profit's name, and Mealy couldn't agree more.

"It's nice, because it's in a wonderful residential area," she said. "There are two other homes right there; it's obvious that this whole street will eventually be a street full of homes."

The new Habitat project will house a family on Harrison Avenue near Pecan Street, a 75-foot lot with lots of room to work with.

"The City of Sherman has always been supportive of Habitat's work, but to be able to have a lot with the title in place and all that... deeds checked... and then to be able to donate it to us is a huge blessing," Mealy said.

Sherman isn't done giving yet. The city has a couple of other properties in mind. 

"We're looking for more property now to donate, to put up back on the roll, and to give families an opportunity to be homeowners," Steele said.

All hands are on deck to raise the walls for more families in Grayson County. Habitat for Humanity is hoping to get the house on Harrison Street up by the end of the year... with a family in it.

Click for information about applying for a Habitat for Humanity home.

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