HFH of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: ‘Come back and do it again’ -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

HFH of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: ‘Come back and do it again’

Daisy Garner and her son, Will Hall III, are one of 60 families soon moving into new or rehabbed Carter Work Project homes in Biloxi, Pascagoula and Gulfport, Miss.

Today, thanks to the continued effort of Habitat Mississippi Gulf Coast staff, local volunteers and volunteers from around the country, more than 95 percent of the homes in Pascagoula are complete; 98 percent are finished in Biloxi; and more than 90 percent of the rehabs in Gulfport are ready.

In Pascagoula, all that remains on the houses are countertops, window moldings, some carpeting and a few trim jobs. The goal is to be completely finished by June 20.

In Biloxi, only a few jobs are left, such as carpeting, closet-shelving and painting touch-ups. The goal is to be completely finished by the week of June 23.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
doesn’t have the same spotlight on it now that it did during the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project when it served as the official host affiliate for the 2008 build. More than 5,000 volunteers From Mobile to Houston helped bring 250 more families closer to the dream of owning their own home – and many of those volunteers and partner families worked on houses in Biloxi, Pascagoula and Gulfport.

Thanks to volunteers who worked through rain on the final two days of the Carter Work Project, homes throughout the host affiliate’s region were more than 75 percent complete at the end of the week. Ten new houses in Biloxi, 20 new houses in Pascagoula and 30 rehabbed houses in Gulfport will soon be ready for partner families to move in.

In addition, the affiliate will soon begin using house frames that were also completed during the Carter Work Project when volunteers framed another 40 houses that the affiliate will use throughout the rest of this year. The affiliate has set an ambitious goal of building 800 to 1,000 homes by 2012.

As President Carter told volunteers at the closing ceremonies in Biloxi on May 15: “Habitat needs 600 volunteers every day on the Gulf Coast. This [week] is a step on a long road to make this a beautiful place in America once again.”

How to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast:

Call: (228) 678-9100 . E-mail: volunteer@hfhmgc.org
Web: http://www.hfhmgc.org/volunteer/