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Lt. Gary Santora with Clarksville Fire Rescue works on the Habitat home of Sherry Elliott on Richardson Street.

As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its second year, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County continues to feel the effects on its homebuilding ministry.

Lumber prices alone have increased more than 170% in 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,” said Habitat executive director Rob Selkow.

Habitat hopes to offset the cost of the 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 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.

To pre-order and buy a specialty plate, visit 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 an address, phone number, email, full name and county of residence.

Standard tag fees will apply at the time of renewal. When the new plate is available, the state will send notification.

To make a donation separate from the specialty license plate, visit or by mail at Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, P.O. Box 331, Clarksville, TN 37041.

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Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County serves low-income families by partnering with them to build decent, affordable housing. Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with qualifying Montgomery County families, completed 100 houses since 1992, using donated funds, labor and materials. The Clarksville-based ministry seeks people, churches and local companies for volunteer projects related to eliminating poverty housing in Montgomery County. For more information, call 931-645-4222 or visit