More ‘Habitats’ Being Built for Tallahassee Families

The Big Bend chapter of the Habitat for Humanity is continuing its mission of providing safe housing for the area’s low-income residents.

Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness and substandard housing, is building two homes for two Tallahassee families.

The organization built 29 houses in Leon County and surrounding areas from 2005-2010.

“I think that the work they’re doing is really great, Habitat has shown that it cares about the future of our community,” said Sandy Jean Pierre, a fourth-year criminal justice student from Fort Lauderdale.

Every year, Florida A&M’s Habitat for Humanity chapter assists Florida State in building a house through volunteer work.

On Sep. 17, Habitat held the groundbreaking ceremony for the home being built for Betty Kendrick.

The organization is partnering with Hopping Green and Sam’s, a local law firm specializing in environmental and land-use law, to build the Kendrick family a home.

Faith Build, in partnership with Cheryl Jackson, is also working to build the Kendrick’s home.

The houses are expected to be completed by the beginning of 2012.

Both homes are being built in the Mabry Oaks neighborhood in Tallahassee.

“It is rewarding to know that we are helping people who would not otherwise be able to purchase a home,” said

Karen Nixon, the business manager for the organization.

Habitiat for Humanity has built 400,000 homes and served over 2 million people since its founding in 1976. It has two headquarters locate in Americus, Ga., and Atlanta.