Debbie Krout-Althoff, president of the York County Habitat for Humanity, shows off plans to build a new home on Schoolhouse Lane in Windsor.
Debbie Krout-Althoff, president of the York County Habitat for Humanity, shows off plans to build a new home on Schoolhouse Lane in Windsor. (Andrew Shaw photo)

The Red Lion Area School District is helping see that a family has its own roof.

In a York County Habitat for Humanity first, an entire school district is pitching in to help build a home for a low-income family in need of permanent housing.

The district has committed to raise $90,000 in sponsorships and donations to cover the cost of building a new house on Schoolhouse Lane in Windsor.

Superintendent Scott Deisley, in announcing the commitment on Monday, said Red Lion had been looking for ways to unite the sprawling school district.

In addition to raising money, Red Lion will have all grades pitch in with volunteer labor in some fashion. High school students are already working on drafting blueprints.

"Everyone can contribute," Deisley said. "It's one more way to bring us together."

A first: York County Habitat for Humanity executive director Debbie Krout-Althoff said it's the first time she's seen a districtwide effort like this. It's also the first time Habitat will build on an existing foundation.

The previous home burned down, she said, but they will be able to salvage the foundation, though the blighted property has been left unattended for several years.

A family hasn't been selected to own the home, although Krout-Althoff said the family should be announced soon. They'll be expected to put in "sweat equity" and then pay a mortgage to Habitat for Humanity based on what they can afford.

"It's not only helping to build a house. It's building a home," Krout-Althoff said.

The local chapter has built 107 homes since 1985, creating $6.6 million in new or rehabilitated affordable housing in the process.

River Rock Academy, an alternative education program that has a school in Red Lion, made the kick-off donation of $10,000. For more information on getting involved, call 854-6168.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com