Habitat homes get some help from the Illinois Attorney General and Homebuilders Association


URBANA--Two new Habitat for Humanity homes are being built in Urbana and they're being paid for with some help from the Illinois Attorney General's office. But the state budget crisis isn't impacting these construction sites.

Illinois was awarded $70 million in 2013 after the federal government sued banks that were involved in bad lending practices.

That money is completely separate from the state budget.

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County was given $2 million to construct 18 homes over the next three years, and work is currently underway on houses seven and eight.

This year, volunteers are getting some on-site help from members of the Homebuilders Association of East Central Illinois for the first time, after the organization helped Habitat fundraise for the past two years.

"This is the first year that we are working with Habitat on-site and actually providing the labor and the materials for the project," said Nicole McGuire, chairman of the Homebuilders Association board.  

"It's an opportunity for Habitat to learn some new skills, meet some new people in the trade, and to learn some efficiencies," said Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County Executive Director, Sheila Dodd.

Both homes are set to be completed and sold to their new owners in September.

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