Ground broken for 11th Habitat home
by Emily Adams
SYLACAUGA — The South Talladega County Habitat for Humanity broke ground on its 11th home Sunday.

The house will be built at 312 W. Coosa St. for future homeowner Valerie Paris and her daughters, Tainiya Garrett, Demysha Rowell, Zaria Rowell and Iyanna Paris. Habitat Board president Celeste Landers said construction will start this month and should be complete in April.

Habitat homes are typically three or four bedrooms with a kitchen, dining and living rooms and a garage. Each home costs about $40,000 with homeowners making payments at no interest over a period of 20 years. Qualified families are evaluated based on current need, credit, references and pride of ownership.

Habitat, which finished its 10th home in December 2011, must secure funding and a location before selecting its next homeowners. Landers said funding for this house was made possible in part through a $5,000 grant from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. Other funds come from church, individual and business donations, and part of the house payments from other Habitat homeowners go toward building the next house. Homeowners are also required to help construct the house built after their own.

Habitat is still in need of volunteers for its newest house, Landers said. The project requires skilled and unskilled labor, along with other tasks like clean up and providing lunches. Work is done at the site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Landers at 256-401-3121.

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