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Habitat for Humanity making its homes a part of the neighborhood
Bulloch County branch expects to start 50th home in 2015
Habitat Home 48 - Work
Seen working on Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch Countys 48th house so far, left to right, are construction manager Bill Kroutwald and volunteers Allan Webb and Jim Christy. At right is homeowner-to-be Benita Palmer. - photo by SPECIAL/ Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity
In the year that Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County expects to start construction of its 50th home, the nonprofit group is headed in some new directions.“It’s nice to have a few Habitat houses mixed in,” said Marcus Toole, the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate’s resource development coordinator.That brief sentence summarizes the reasoning behind an approach adopted in recent years by Habitat for Humanity in other communities and, now, here.In years past, Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County concentrated its home construction in Statesboro. Founded in 1991, the Habitat affiliate, working with a partner family who became homeowners, completed its first new house in 1992. About 25 of the homes built since then were in the “Statesboro Pointe” area along Proctor Street, said Linda Christy, Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County’s executive director.But where possible, the organization is getting away from creating developments that consist solely of Habitat homes, Christy said.“When they move into an area that’s in need of revitalization, then we’re just one partner in the mix,” she said.
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