House Sweet Home
ERIE helps build damage-resistant Habitat for Humanity home
June 24, 2009
By Vanessa Paris
Ken and Pat Lindenberger and their son Sean
This past March, a family of three received a special, personalized gift from Erie Insurance: an engraved door knocker … for the front door of their brand-new house. ERIE’s third Habitat for Humanity house—and the first Fortified … for safer living® home in Pennsylvania—was made possible through lots of hard work from the family, Habitat and Employee volunteers.
Ken and Pat Lindenberger and their 10-year-old son, Sean, have never owned a home and were thrilled and thankful to have this chance.
“I think it’s wonderful that ERIE isn’t just a big corporation,” Pat said. “They care about the community.”
To qualify for a Habitat for Humanity home, a family must meet three requirements.
1) They must meet the income guidelines and show that they will be able to pay a 0 percent interest mortgage once the house is completed.
2) The family must show a willingness to partner. That means they must work 300 hours helping build their own home and the homes of other Habitat families. They also take homeowner’s classes and receive credit counseling.
3) An assessment of housing need must be conducted, usually by a committee of volunteers.
“Habitat is a helping hand—not a handout,” Pat added. “It’s about earning your home.”
Vanessa Weibler Paris is a senior brand communications specialist at Erie Insurance.