Community members stand in front of what will soon be the newest Habitat for Humanity house project. | Virginia Spears
Community members stand in front of what will soon be the newest Habitat for Humanity house project. | Virginia Spears

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Habitat for Humanity resumes construction

Published 11:12am Wednesday, April 24, 2013

By Robert Hudson, Outlook Staff Writer

After a two-year hiatus, Alex City Area Habitat for Humanity recently resumed its mission of providing homes for those in need.

Alex City Area Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday for its next home-building project located off I Street behind Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School.

Chad Calhoun, president of the board for the Alex City Area Habitat for Humanity, said he’s hoping work on the project can officially begin in the very near future.

“We’re hoping to get started here in the very short term, hopefully the next week or two,” Calhoun said. “We’re hoping for the very near future with a target to get done by the end of the year if not before.”

Calhoun said it’s been about two years since Alex City Area Habit completed a project, but he’s excited about resuming construction.

“It’s taken us a little while to get this next project underway for a number of reasons, but we’re geared up and ready go now. It’s extremely important to us and the community. Our mission is to try and help provide affordable housing for families that need it,” Calhoun said. “It’s been a couple-year hiatus. But it’s been hard to qualify families because the families are still responsible for making mortgage payments on the home, so trying to find a financially qualified family for these homes has been a little bit of a struggle for us, but we’ve been able to do that. We always say with these mortgages that ‘God holds the interests,’ so it’s basically an interest-free mortgage for the homeowner.”

Calhoun said Habitat is encouraging people to volunteer, and more information can be obtained at the organization’s website.

“We’re certainly always looking for volunteers and we’re always looking for help. We actually have a website that I would direct people to at and there’s some contact information there,” Calhoun said. “We encourage people to get involved as we put these teams together to help the different components of the home. We love volunteers and need volunteers. As these homes get underway and people drive by, then see the work going on and the Habitat sign out front, they want to be a part of it. It’s such a worthy cause. We all try to give as much as we can wherever we can to help the community.”