York College students' hammers will be heard in York City during the upcoming World Habitat Day 2012.

At least 16 students will participate in York College Habitat for Humanity Chapter build on Monday at 37 W. Jackson St.

Work will be done in recognition of World Habitat Day, which brings global awareness to the housing needs of families with low incomes.

This year's theme is "Many Homes, One Community," highlighting the role affordable housing has in community stabilization and development.

Habitat for Humanity chapters worldwide honor the day with contests, housing forums, parades and building projects.

Here: Locally, York College students will work two four-hour shifts -- noon to 4 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. -- to renovate the three-story, four-bedroom Jackson Street home, said Debbie Krout-Althoff, the York Habitat's executive director.

The project is expected to be completed in May 2013.

"My hope for doing the YCP Build is to create a domino effect for not only the students but the administration and staff at YCP, to have everyone involved in this process in some form or another, whether it is to help advocate, raise funds or do the actual construction on the house," said Alicia Sauerland, the college's chapter president


Participating seniors began working on the build while they were sophomores, making the commitment to raise money and build a home during their last three years in school, Krout-Althoff said.

The students' goal is to raise $90,000, the cost to renovate the home, which Habitat pur-

chased for $32,000, she said.

This will be the second house that York College students build in Habitat's 26 years in York, Althoff-Krout said.

Habitat is in the process of finding a family to live in the home, she said.

Habitat houses are built with help from volunteers to keep mortgage costs down. Home candidates must complete 200 hours of sweat equity, or volunteer work, to help build their residence or another Habitat house.

They also must go through financial training and other new homeowner programs to prepare for taking on a 30-year mortgage and meeting other household needs.

Because Habitat holds the mortgage, the homeowners pay no interest. Mortgage payments are used to help fund other Habitat projects.

Althoff-Krout said by participating in a Habitat home project, York College students are learning the importance of giving back to the community and helping those in need.