Another Habitat family moves into new home

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Natchez-Adams County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce that another family has moved into a new home.

Latrice Carroll and family are now residing in their new home located at 22 Hunt Circle. Carroll is no stranger to Habitat housing as her mother moved into one when she was a teenager.

There will be a formal dedication ceremony at the house at 2 p.m. Sunday when the keys to their home will be officially presented to the family.

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All financial donors, volunteer workers, other Habitat homeowners, city officials and the general public are invited to come to the dedication ceremony. 

Please come and see the emotional impact a new home can have on the family. To find the home, go north on Martin Luther King Street and take the 3rd right past Robert Lewis School onto Vaughn Drive and take a right on Homewood and next right onto Hunt Circle. There is ample parking as Habitat owns the vacant lot next door and will build the next home there.

Construction of this house started back in August 2018 and it was built primarily with volunteer labor; 105 different volunteers spent the equivalent of more than 375 workdays to finish the house in about 12 months. 

Included in this total are the 250 plus hours worked by the Carroll family as a certain number of “sweat equity” (actual work time) hours is a requirement strictly imposed by Habitat.

A very special thank you to those who provided their expertise free of charge or at a substantial discount; these include Lee Scott Construction (electrical), Scooter Cauthern (dug foundation), J&J Carpet (flooring), Robert Fuller Roofing Company, Dianne’s Frame Shop and Quality Glass (bathroom mirrors) and Bob Longmire’s Buffalo Sod Farm (pallets of  sod).

And we cannot forget all the volunteer groups that helped throughout the process: Jefferson Street United Methodist Church youth, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Delta Sigma Theta sorority, students from Natchez High shop class and basketball team and Natchez Early College, Vidalia Key Club, and Natchez Rotary Club. And a special thanks to members of the Youth Build program who worked more than 1,000 hours on the house.

Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Georgia, is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing.

Habitat has built more than 1,000,000 houses and more than 5 million people are living in Habitat homes they helped build and are now buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.  Here in Natchez the local affiliate has completed its 22 house since its organization in 1991.

If you wish to make a financial contribution, donate construction materials, receive an application for a Habitat home, or volunteer to work on the next house, you may contact Habitat for Humanity by calling 601-445-8639, 601-807-4956, or by writing to P.O. Box 100, Natchez, MS. 39121.

Duncan McFarlanE is secretary to the board of the Natchez-Adams County Habitat for Humanity.