News Briefs: Habitat for Humanity offers orientation session
January 13, 2014 6:06PM
Updated: February 15, 2014 6:02AM
An orientation session for those interested in acquiring housing through Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs is slated for 10 a.m. Jan. 25 at New Faith Baptist Church, 25 Central Ave., Matteson, according to a press release from the organization.
“Our program is designed to provide an opportunity for home ownership to hard-working families who otherwise would live in substandard conditions,” Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs executive director David Tracy said in the release. “Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with zero percent interest, affordable loans.”
Habitat for Humanity is not a giveaway program, Tracy said. Homeowners will have mortgage payments and must invest “hundreds of hours” of their own labor into building their Habitat house and the homes of others, he said in the release.
Three- and four-bedroom homes in Chicago Heights, Hazel Crest, Park Forest and Lansing will be rehabbed to very high standards and come equipped with new appliances, high-efficiency furnaces and other features, the release said.
The orientation session, which is open to the public, will cover the application process, what it takes to qualify and the steps an applicant must take to become the owner of one of the eight homes to be available, the release said.
Frankfort Twp. hosts dental mobile
The Will County Community Health Service’s mobile dental office will be at the Frankfort Township building, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, on Jan. 29.
Affordable teeth cleanings, fluoride treatments, oral cancer screenings and other services will be offered, according to a press release.
The Will County Community Health Center has operated the mobile office since 2011. It’s staffed with a dentist and a technician and is equipped with digital X-ray equipment, the release said.
Appointments must be made in advance by calling the Will County Health Center at (815) 546-4090 or (815) 774-7300.
Orland Twp. taking scholarship applications
Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are available at the township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, according to a press release from the township.
This year’s program will give awards to the Class of 2014 totaling $16,500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships, the release said.
The Orland Township Scholarship Foundation will select and award scholarship recipients based on a combination of the applicant’s leadership skills, dedication to community service, academic focus, participation in extracurricular activities, recommendations from school representatives, references from volunteer supervisors or employers, an assigned essay question response and any other pertinent information requested within the application, the release said. Students faced with hardships will be given strong consideration, it said.
Applicants must live in Orland Township and be graduating high school seniors, and award winners must enroll as full-time students at a college, university, trade or vocational school. Additional criteria may be obtained within the application, the release said.
Completed applications must be delivered to the township office by Feb. 28. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays.
Also, applications for the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at the Orland Township office or by visiting www.orlandtwp.org. Applications are due by March 1 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attn.: Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.
For more information, call (708) 403-4222.