Freeport McMoRan in partnership with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) and the Plaquemines Parish Chapter of NOAHH today has donated $75,000 for the first New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Plaquemines Parish.
“Plaquemines Parish was hard hit by the storms in 2005 and presented a significant loss and need for affordable housing,” stated Jim Pate, Executive Director, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “We realized the need and are grateful for partners like Freeport McMoRan whose funding makes our homes possible.”
The location of this first Habitat home will be in the Hayes Subdivision in Port Sulphur, an area heavily damaged by Hurricane Katrina. “The residents of Plaquemines Parish expressed an interest in having NOAHH begin to build homes in the area to provide the opportunity for affordable home ownership. We are all too glad to start building,” stated Pate.
Construction on this three bedroom, approximately 1,100 square foot home will begin in mid- to late-February with a tentative completion date of mid-May. All Habitat Partner Families, be chosen on the basis of need for shelter, willingness to partner and family finances. Each three-bedroom, one-bath house is worth $85,000 to $90,000, but families pay roughly $75,000 for them through a 20-year, no-interest loan with no downpayment.
Families wanting to apply to become a partner family should contact the Family Services Department of NOAHH at 504-861-2077 or visit the family services page for more information on how to begin the application process.
As is customery with all Habitat homes, volunteers are vital to the construction of the home. The use of volunteers allows for the home to be offered at such a low price to the partner families. Anyone interested in volunteering to work on the building crew should contact NOAHH’s Volunteer Services to schedule their time. We ask that volunteers agree to work full-day increments. The day begins at 7:30 with a safety orienntation and ends at 2:30. Construction is anticipated to occur Tuesday through Saturday throughout the building process.
William “Bill” Earl has been tapped by NOAHH as the Project Manager for Plaquemines Parish. Bill joins Habitat with over 25 years experience in construction. Having relocated to Belle Chasse at the end of 2005, Bill has worked with local contractors mainly in the roofing sector. “Bill’s ability to lead construction projects and understand the administrative side of the job makes him a perfect choice to manage this project in his new home parish,” stated Mike Lapinto, Construction Operation Officer, NOAHH. “He understands the make up of our Habitat builds and is great at supervising a volunteer workforce.”
“This home in Port Sulphur is the first of many to come in the area,” added Pate. NOAHH has set a goal to build 250 homes in the greater New Orleans area in 2007 and 1,500 homes over the next 3-5 years.