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Record high lumber prices impact local Habitat for Humanity home construction

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.  (March 2021) – As the Covid-19 pandemic moves into its second year, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County is feeling the effects on its homebuilding ministry. Lumber prices alone have increased more than 170% over the past 10 months, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

“When costs for materials increase, these are passed onto future Habitat homeowners, because their mortgage payment is based on the actual costs we incur in construction,” Habitat Executive Director Rob Selkow said.

 Habitat hopes to offset the cost of these increases through sales of a new Habitat for Humanity specialty license plate.

The plate was created as a revenue source for the local affiliate and all funds from sales will go to home construction in the Clarksville area. Plates can be pre-ordered for $35, but the campaign is under a June 30, 2021 deadline.

“We have to reach 1,000 pre-orders by the end of June before the state of Tennessee will begin production of the plates,” Selkow said.

You can pre-order and purchase your specialty plate online (http://habitatmctn.org/licenseplate/) or mail a check for $35 with the required contact info to Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County: P.O. Box 331 Clarksville, TN 37041. Please include your address, phone number, email, full name, and county of residence.

Standard tag fees will apply at the time of renewal. When your new plate is available, you will be notified by the state.

If you’d like to make a donation separate from the Specialty License Plate, you can do so online or by mail: P.O. Box 331 Clarksville, TN 37041

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