New Andalusia Habitat project on hold

Published 12:03 am Friday, October 5, 2012

A wrench has been thrown into the next Habitat for Humanity build.

In July, it was announced that construction on the new three-bedroom, two-bath home in Andalusia would begin in six to eight weeks, putting the start date sometime in September.

On Thursday, Dale Pancake, director of the Covington County Chapter for Habitat for Humanity, said that construction is on hold, and he didn’t “want to speculate when things will be back on track.”

“We’re looking for someone to act as a lead contractor for the project,” Pancake said. “It needs to be someone who must be licensed in the city of Andalusia, plus be willing to give of their time. We can’t begin without someone leading us.”

Pancake said construction won’t begin until someone is found.

“I’d really hoped we’d be pouring a slab this month, but I’m not sure if we’re going to make it,” he said.

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian building ministry in which volunteers help construct a home for a “partner family,” who then pays a no-interest low mortgage to live there. Partner families are also asked to contribute “sweat equity” by participating in other construction projects – 100 hours on another partner family build and the remaining 200 hours on their own build.

This Andalusia home will be the fourth HFH build in Covington County and the second to be constructed in Andalusia. The home will be located at 301 College Street, near CCB Community Bank, and already several local organizations have committed to assist with volunteer labor.

Pancake said there is also a need for skilled laborers for the project – and monetary donations.

He said previously, the organization is about $10,000 away from the $50,000 construction goal.

Anyone wishing to volunteer as the build’s lead contractor is asked to call 334-222-0827.

Those to be volunteers or those wishing to make donations should write to the local HFH chapter at: Covington County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 1034 Andalusia, AL 36420.