DIXON – Dixon Habitat for Humanity is no different than the houses it helps build: It needs a solid foundation.
That’s why the organization is working on building up its bottom line while it nails down details of its next project.
During its organizational meeting Saturday, the Dixon Habitat board announced the location for its next home: 320 Custer Ave. It’s the group’s 26th home and the third of a six planned Habitat homes in that area of the city.
An exact start date for the project hasn’t yet been determined, nor has a family been named, but Board President Jim Dixon said the groundbreaking will be sometime in May.
David Spaulding, chairman of the family selection committee, said an announcement on who the family is probably won’t be until April.
“We have someone in mind, but we’re doing final checks,” he said.
In the meantime, Habitat will work on bringing in more funds, both to offset higher-than-expected costs in previous years, and expected construction costs this year.
Clara Harris, chairwoman of the family support committee, said the board has been pretty consistent with its budgeting, but water and sewer extensions, tree clearing, and other expenses in recent years have put a strain on the bottom line.
The increased expenses also coincided with lower revenues than expected. Dixon Habitat took in less money last year than anticipated during its spring fundraiser mailing drive – $18,000 instead of the expected $30,000.
On top of last year’s expenses, the board is anticipating higher construction costs this year. Dixon said hurricanes and flooding across the nation last year will likely drive up demand for – and the cost of – building materials.
“We need to be sure we set higher goals for fundraising and be very careful about costs this year,” he said in an e-mail.
The board also did not apply last year to the United Way of Lee County for a grant, the thought being that the money wouldn’t be needed. Dixon said he’ll recommend the board apply for a $15,000 grant this year.
Donations to Dixon Habitat for Humanity can be made at any time. Make checks out to HFH and mail them to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 11, Dixon, IL 61021.
Go to hfh-il-dixon.huterra.com or call 815-288-4957 for more information