Habitat set to build house 19

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Unexpected delays have put a freeze on the construction for the Escambia County Habitat for Humanity’s latest project — again and again. But, leaders with HFH say the project has been given the green light and work is already under way for the group’s latest project.
HFH Director Alecia Glaize said the groundwork is being done to prepare for raising the walls of the home for the Canisha Stewart family on Dacus Street.
“We’ve had some hiccups in getting started with the construction on the Stewart home,” Glaize said. “After months of planning, revising and reworking the plans to make sure we are on track to meet our goals, we are finally ready to start construction.”
The latest project will be a construction that will create a home that will meet a variety of standards in building to focus on energy efficiency and safety for the homeowner, Glaize said.
“We will be building this home to meet both Green Energy Key standards of the Alabama Homebuilders Association and the Fortified Safe gold standard of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety,” Glaize said. “Building of wall panels and roof trusses are already being built by the Advance Framing company in Lucedale, Miss., and will be delivered Oct. 19.”
Glaize also said Pastor Bo Bell with New Beginnings Ministries has already pledged support of the residents of the New Beginnings Center,
“Volunteers from New Beginnings are already working on the foundation of the home to prepare for raising the walls of the home,” Glaize said. “We plan to have a ‘wall raising’ on Oct. 20 as we plan a full workday.”
Gaize said full days of work are planned for each Saturday through the month of November.
“We have already planned to work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday following our first day of work,” Glaize said. “We will have shorter work days on Sundays through November as well working from 1 to 4 p.m.”
Glaize said volunteers will be needed for many aspects of the project including construction and providing needed supplies and services.
“We are asking businesses, churches, clubs and other groups to commit to working with us for a day or part of a day,” Glaize said. “We are also asking the same groups to help provide lunch or snack for the hardworking volunteers who will be building on this project.”
For information on scheduled workdays, visit the HFH Website at www.escambiahfh.org. To register as a volunteer or for additional information on services needed during the project, contact the Habitat office in Brewton at 867-0095.