Habitat to build homes for Indiana tornado victims

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Habitat for Humanity is planning to build nine houses in Madison for southern Indiana residents displaced by tornadoes.

Madison's local planning commission recommended Monday that the city council rezone 1.25 acres of former city property where Habitat intends to construct the homes.

Habitat official Bill Moriarty tells The Madison Courier the group hopes to have families living in the new homes by Thanksgiving in the Ohio River city.

No families have yet qualified to buy the houses, but the group is receiving referrals from agencies aiding people displaced by March tornadoes that hit Chelsea and Henryville.

Moriarty says the houses will have three to five bedrooms and have appraised values of $85,000 to $140,000. The buyers won't pay that much because the program is heavily subsidized.

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