A dozen Hurricane Katrina evacuees will soon have permanent homes in Meridian, thanks to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
A slab has been laid for the first of those homes and work will begin on it next week, weather permitting.
Between now and May, all 12 of the homes are to be completed, with former evacuees living in all of them.
"From late March through April, that will be our heaviest schedule," said executive director Fonda Rush. "We'll have several houses going, and we'll need between 40-60 volunteers a week."
Rush says there's a chance other evacuees in other cities may end up moving to Meridian, and it's possible they too may need to be helped out by Habitat.
Anyone living in Lauderdale County who wishes to make application for a Habitat house may contact the organization at (601) 485-4992.