Volunteers sought for Habitat blitz

Published 3:32 am Saturday, October 8, 2016


The next Covington County Habitat for Humanity blitz is next weekend.

Habitat’s Kylan Lewis said the organization will construct its seventh house in Florala.

“The foundation work is now in progress, with volunteer work to erect the house structure, to begin at 8 a.m., on Fri., Oct. 14, and to continue on Oct. 15,” he said. “The construction blitz will continue the next weekend, Oct. 21 and 22 and it is anticipated that the home will be completely dried in and ready for interior finish by end of day.”

Volunteers are needed to help build.

“We’re looking for any breathing body who wishes to come out and help us,” Lewis said.

The organization has already completed one house in Opp, one near South Alabama Regional Airport, three in Andalusia and one in Florala.

Lewis said next weekend’s build will be on property donated to the organization, which is located at 22400 Eighth Avenue in Florala.

“It is the goal of HFH to be a countywide builder of quality, affordable housing for deserving families and we believe this goal is being realized as evidenced by the homes built so far,” he said. “The family for this house in Florala was selected in a process that began almost three years ago so that they could earn the required 300 sweat equity labor hours needed before the house can be occupied.”

Lewis said each family must be able to provide these hours either directly or through friends, relatives, church family, or any other volunteers, as a direct investment into their some.

They are also required to make a very small monetary down payment as well.

Lewis said that Habitat homes are modern, energy efficient, two or three bedroom dwellings with modern conveniences that are sold to qualifying families at cost.

“That is, the actual constructed cost to Habitat with all donated labor, materials and real estate taken into consideration,” he said. “Mortgage and energy costs are typically less than half of what the owner has been paying in previous rental dwelling.”

For more info, call Lewis at 343-2299 or Dale Pancake at 222-9861.