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Habitat expansion creates hope

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Editorial: May 29, 2012

TOPIC: Habitat for Humanity expansion
OUR VIEW: Good news for Radcliff, LaRue County

The fine work of Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has been evident for years in Elizabethtown and many parts of the county.

Whether it was building a ramp onto a house to allow wheelchair access, adding a railing to the front steps to create a more stable entry and exit from a home or construction of a home to provide a safe haven for a family, the accomplishments of Habitat are obvious.

Recent news that the organization is interested in expanding in Radcliff and LaRue County is great for residents in need in those areas and an opportunity for volunteers who are handy with tools to step up and help meet the challenge.

The more expansion there is, the more call there needs to be to get more volunteers on board.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Larry Mengel recently met with city officials in Radcliff to spur the movement in the northern part of the county, suggesting city officials purchase land so the organization could build homes for needy families.

Since its start in the early 1990s, Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has worked on 45 homes. Only seven are in Radcliff.

Mengel and his core of volunteers want to expand around the county and in LaRue County where he recently spoke to the LaRue County Ministerial Association.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has joined Elizabethtown in the past to donate land where homes now sit for families.

If the agency isn’t able to start big and build homes in Radcliff or LaRue County, for instance, there still are projects that could use their help.

The homes are not free. Homes are sold to eligible homeowners on a 25-year, interest-free mortgage.

Once the mortgage is paid, the homeowner owns the house and all the equity outright.

The organization has done a lot of fine work for a number of years and it would have been easy for Mengel and Co. to be satisfied with where most of their work has been. But there is need all around, whether it be Radcliff, Elizabethtown or Hodgenville.

The group has been remodeling the home of Ricky Carter on Joe Brown Road in LaRue County for handicapped access. In April, a vehicle crash left Carter paralyzed from

The fine work of Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has been evident for years in Elizabethtown and many parts of the county.

Whether it was building a ramp onto a house to allow wheelchair access, adding a railing to the front steps to create a more stable entry and exit from a home or construction of a home to provide a safe haven for a family, the accomplishments of Habitat are obvious.

Recent news that the organization is interested in expanding in Radcliff and LaRue County is great for residents in need in those areas and an opportunity for volunteers who are handy with tools to step up and help meet the challenge.

The more expansion there is, the more call there needs to be to get more volunteers on board.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Larry Mengel recently met with city officials in Radcliff to spur the movement in the northern part of the county, suggesting city officials purchase land so the organization could build homes for needy families.

Since its start in the early 1990s, Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has worked on 45 homes. Only seven are in Radcliff.

Mengel and his core of volunteers want to expand around the county and in LaRue County where he recently spoke to the LaRue County Ministerial Association.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has joined Elizabethtown in the past to donate land where homes now sit for families.

If the agency isn’t able to start big and build homes in Radcliff or LaRue County, for instance, there still are projects that could use their help.

The homes are not free. Homes are sold to eligible homeowners on a 25-year, interest-free mortgage.

Once the mortgage is paid, the homeowner owns the house and all the equity outright.

The organization has done a lot of fine work for a number of years and it would have been easy for Mengel and Co. to be satisfied with where most of their work has been. But there is need all around, whether it be Radcliff, Elizabethtown or Hodgenville.

The group has been remodeling the home of Ricky Carter on Joe Brown Road in LaRue County for handicapped access. In April, a vehicle crash left Carter paralyzed from the waist down.

This is a prime example of the outstanding work Habitat does.

It’s one way some work can be done to help provide home improvements for those in need.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity is a valuable commodity, one that should be appreciated.

 the waist down.

This is a prime example of the outstanding work Habitat does.

It’s one way some work can be done to help provide home improvements for those in need.

Hardin County Habitat for Humanity is a valuable commodity, one that should be appreciated.
This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise's editorial board.