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Habitat for Humanity in Springfield is looking around the area for residents who want to donate more than just their time. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
The Springfield Habitat for Humanity is asking residents to donate their empty lots or underused buildings to help needy families receive homes within the city limits.
Members of the Springfield Habitat for Humanity say they not only want to continue building new subdivisions, but also want to renovate older houses in existing neighborhoods.
Chris Houghton, Acquisitions Manager for the Springfield Habitat for Humanity, says building or renovating houses in existing neighborhoods will help improve that neighborhood.
"We're also looking to do infill lots and urban renewal because not only do we have an impact on a family, but putting a house in an older neighborhood kind of revitalizes that street and that neighborhood. Other neighbors become more interested in fixing up their houses and improving that environment, which helps the city and helps Springfield as a whole," Houghton said.
Houghton says vacant infill lot owners should consider donating their land.
He says if the land is donated instead of sold, it can be tax deductible.
Houghton says donating deteriorating buildings or land in Springfield will benefit everyone in the end.
"Everyone wins, so a tax advantages, we help the neighborhood that they you know may have a lot next to them that they would like to see something done with or a vacant house that needs to be renovated. You know it can be a win-win situation for everybody, so and you know it's just helping other people," Houghton said.
Houghton says Habitat for Humanity is accepting land donations and it hopes to start strengthening existing communities.
We have a link to information about Habitat for Humanity on our website www.ksmu.org or you can call Habitat for Humanity at 829-4001.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.