Habitat for Humanity urges home construction after tornado

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity currently has two houses under construction, but the house located on McInnis Street in Petal has a new sense of urgency.

The house has been selected for the Stevens family, who has been a partner with Habitat for Humanity since 2010, but due to the February 10 tornado, there is a sense of urgency to construct the home as soon as possible.

The Stevens lost their apartment during the tornado, all their belongings, and have had to relocate to another apartment.

Habitat for Humanity believes the construction of the new home will give the family a sense of stability following such a devastating loss, though construction can take 4 - 6 months to complete.

"We're going to need a lot of volunteer help on this house. If we have people that are skilled in construction, you know, you licensed contractors, if you're group wants to come out and help, that's always something that speeds up the process," said Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity Resource Development Manager, Lee Anne Venable. "Volunteer labor is precious to us, but you have to teach volunteers, and so if we have skilled labors that can come out and help on this house that would certainly help with the process and speeding that up so we can get it finished and get the Stevens family moved in a little faster."

If you would like to help or donate, call the Hattiesburg Habitat for Humanity office at 601-582-4663.

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