Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa dedicates new home Wednesday

Habitat Dedication

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Whitney Leibold

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa dedicated its 91st home since the April 27, 2011, tornado on Wednesday. This home, built for the Davis family, is also the third home built under the organization’s Operation Transformation Job Training Initiative. The initiative trains students learning construction at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy and young nonviolent offenders returning from incarceration.

Habitat Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts said this opportunity for job training is important for students looking for a career.

“We recently purchased 40 lots in West Tuscaloosa, and those are all near the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy,” Potts said.

Wednesday, Lorraine Davis was handed the key to her brand-new home after fulfilling her 250 hours of sweat equity, working on her new home and the homes of others as well.

“We have to work on other people’s houses too before we work on ours,” Davis said. “We have to get so many hours on their house and then before the end of those hours, we start working on our houses.”

The home was constructed using an eco-friendly low-carbon concrete block frame and features a tornado-safe room.

Need help repairing your home, or interested in homeownership? Interested in donating to a great cause? You can check if you qualify for Habitat’s help and apply for assistance or donate right here.

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