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Dorchester Habitat for Humanity struggling to find qualified applicants

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Dorchester Habitat for Humanity officials say they are having a hard time finding qualified candidates for their homes.

Officials there say like a lot of home lenders, they have had to raise their standards of debt to income ratio for applicants.

Jennifer Blewer and her husband, Craig... have waited a long time for a house to call their own.

“We've been married a few years, we have rented and when this came along we were overjoyed because we wanted to have a home.”

But it took a lot of work to get here. 

They met with Dorchester Habitat for Humanity and found out they needed to take classes to improve their credit score and Family Services helped them with credit counseling and classes.

Revena Dawson, Family Services, “So many people have gone through credit challenges, they’ve lost jobs, they’ve lost income, basically when they get to that point where they need to rebuild their history, it‘s just really hard to buy any mortgage product.”

After completing the classes, the house being built today is the place they will call home.

“I was actually at work the day we got the call that we were the next family selected, we were super excited.”

In order to get you financially stable,  Family Services here in Charleston, offers a credit sense workshop, a first time home buyers workshop.

Family services officials say they offer credit counseling for everyone. To find out about their classes you can go to www.fsisc.org.

The next meeting if you would like to apply for Dorchester Habitat’s next house is June 30th at 6pm at the Summerville library.

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