Lauderdale County Habitat for Humanity is placing the finishing touches on a home for local Hurricane Katrina victims. The organization was under a time crunch and turned to a new type of housing construction in order to meet deadlines.
"We were on a time schedule because of the grant funds we received for this house, to have it finished within a certain time period," said Fonda Rush, executive director. "Also we're looking at our capacity of building and how to use new techniques, and with our traditional build so we started looking at modular."
The non-profit group joined forces with Modular One housing in order to speed up the work and build more houses. This home was placed at 810 Church Avenue in Meridian Tuesday.
"A lot of the non-profits now are looking for the modular industry because of the speed. It's the speed," said James McGee, sales manager for Modular One. "We built site build codes. As we put a home in our production line, it takes approximately four weeks to complete a home. And like today, the home was shipped yesterday to a location, staged. This home, by this afternoon, will be set on the foundation, the roof will be raised, and all the shingles will be on it, and a home will be dried in."
Habitat plans to continue working with Modular One in hopes of placing more Katrina victims in new homes faster.
"Hopefully we can demonstrate with this one, after the dust settles and the family gets moved in, that they turn to us again for their housing needs," McGee said.
A family has not yet been chosen to live in the new house. Habitat says it is looking at two families from Meridian who are living in houses affected by Hurricane Katrina.