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'Legacy House' built in honor of nonprofit's founder

Posted at 6:39 AM, Aug 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-26 06:39:41-04

ELSMERE, Ky. -- Volunteers from the Housing Opportunities of Northern Kentucky (HONK), the Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky and the city of Elsmere have partnered together to honor HONK's founder and help a family attain a home.

Father Jack Goeke founded HONK more than 25 years ago, and in honor of him and this anniversary, HONK has partnered with the other organizations to build what they are calling a "Legacy House" at 219 Dell Street.

"As HONK approached this important milestone," said David Hastings, executive director of HONK, "we felt the most fitting tribute to Fr. Goeke's legacy would be to help a family realize their dream of homeownership in a home built by the community."

The workforce for the build is made of volunteers, and many of the building materials were donated by local businesses in NKY. The city of Elsmere also facilitated the acquisition of the property at no cost for HONK.

"We've been extremely fortunate here in Northern Kentucky to have great contractors and suppliers, who are donating labor, donating materials on this project to really help keep the costs down on this one so that it is affordable for the family," said Hastings.

Since Fr. Goeke founded the organization, HONK has rehabilitated 86 homes, built 34 new homes and helped 79 families and individuals on their path to home ownership through their lease-to-own program.