Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Habitat for Humanity Will Ship Two Houses to Mississippi
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland announced on April 4th its plan to build and ship two homes to Mississippi. Construction will take place on Friday May 5 and Saturday May 6. Hancock Lumber teamed up with their suppliers to contribute the exterior shell for the two homes. This local building project is part of a national effort to rebuild after the devastating hurricanes last fall.

The city-owned parking lot on the corner of Marginal Way and Preble Street will be the site of the building project. Organizer Eileen Whynot said that food and music will unite the participants in a celebration of hope for the people of the Gulf Coast region. In total, two house packages and $76,000 for building materials and site preparation will be sent to Mississippi. To sign up to volunteer on May 5 or May 6, call 772-2151.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland says officials at the state and local level estimate the need for more than 3,000 affordable housing units in the City of Portland alone.


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