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TOWNSEND — Habitat for Humanity, who is looking to add affordable housing in Townsend, is moving ahead with fund-raising and plans for their future.

The town allocated six lots at the annual town meeting in May of 2005 that are being considered for Habitat housing. The lots are located on Apple Drive and Laurel Lane.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Townsend falls under the north Central Mass. Chapter, which is located on Oak Hill Road, Fitchburg.

Ouellette said that so far companies have come forward with donations for the wood trusses for a house, a heating and septic system, concrete for a foundation as well as the digging for the foundation, and flooring and one rug for one room in the house. A firm has also offered to put the frame of the actual house up.

“We are working with the possibilities of getting the insulation, windows and siding donated too,” Ouellette added.

Ouellette said a joint fund-raising Texas Hold ‘Em tournament is in the works with the Pepperell 4th of July Committee for sometime in March, and another card game tournament in conjunction with the Nashua, N.H. Habitat committee, is also slated for late March. A supper is planned for a date yet to be set in April at the Congregational Church in Townsend. A golf tournament is also in the planning stages as well as a country style auction. “They are all good fund-raisers,” said Ouellette.

Another means to raise funds for the first ever Townsend Habitat house is a floor signing gathering. Anyone who donates $79.17 to help put in the sub-flooring will be invited to the gathering once the floor is installed. “We are hoping to raise some money that way, it’s a community event,” Ouellette said.

Ouellette said there is still a ways to go to reach the goal for the construction of the first house. “We are looking to raise $30,000 in cash. Also we are in need of plumbing and electrical work, plywood sheeting, kitchen cabinets, a sink for the kitchen and bathroom, a bathtub and sheet rock. We still also need the structural timers, things like 2x4s and 2x6s.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Townsend project can send in their check to the Townsend Habitat Project, P.O. Box 90, Townsend, Mass. 01469.

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