The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity hopes to build another home for a family in need in 2012. This fall the Alton Chapter is raising money and awareness to help their effort, and they’ll be one of the many groups taking part in the Halloween Parade in Alton Monday night. The group is raffling off a playhouse, and at the same time is narrowing its list for a family to live in the new home.

Alton Area Habitat for Humanity Chapter President Jim Hanlon says contrary to popular belief, Habitat homes are not given out for free, with the chosen family responsible for a mortgage, as well as putting in many volunteer hours during construction.

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In addition to the raffle of the playhouse, the group will also be outside the Alton Lowe’s store next weekend to sell tickets and also sell 2x4’s which the buyer can then write a special message on to the family. Hanlon says the group hopes to break ground for the new home sometime next spring in Alton.