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Pandemic robs Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity of physical and financial help

Published: Jul. 2, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

The Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity has been building and improving homes with affordable mortgages for decades.

The organization is building its 132nd home.

It will be the first one ever built without any volunteer work.

Jason black, project manager, wiregrass habitat for humanity

“Without volunteers, we’re having to pay crews extra to complete the houses,” says Wiregrass Habitat Humanity project manager Jason Black.

The organization usually can build a house for less than $62 per square foot but without volunteer help, the price goes up by nearly $10 per square foot.

That adds an additional 10 to $15,000 to building costs without its usual financial aid.

“The pandemic has impacted our ability to have fundraisers. Corporations don’t have the extra funds due to the economic impact,” says Black.

The organization had to close its store down causing them to miss out on that income for 6 weeks as well.

While not allowed on the building site, the community can still make a difference.

“The community can help by donating to our restore and shopping with our restore. You can also donate to the construction site by helping fund a room or an appliance or a dishwasher,” says Black.

The home was originally projected to be finished last month, but the completion date has been delayed 2 to 3 months and summer weather could prolong even more.

This is the only house the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity will be able to build this year.

For information on how or where to donate, visit https://www.wiregrasshabitat.org/.

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