Woodford Habitat delays building next home
Woodford Habitat for Humanity volunteers will not begin building a home for a local low-income family until at least this fall, President Doug Searcy said. “We will just start the house in the fall if we do anything,” he explained. That would involve laying a foundation, possibly in October, he continued, “but we will not build a house this year as normal.” Home construction typically begins in April and concludes by September, Searcy said. The family selection process has also been put on hold until this fall because that involves at least one home visit, he said. “We’re not changing our procedure (for selecting a family). We’re just changing the calendar for the procedure,” said Searcy. A home build involving six to 15 Habitat volunteers would not meet social distancing guidelines designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, he acknowledged. “We’re using each other’s tools all the time, and of course we have a good time socializing as well as building,” Searcy said. “We’re very disappointed,” he added when asked how he and other volunteers feel about delaying the project. “We’ve got a great group of volunteer builders that have big hearts; they’re dedicated and they just enjoy building these houses.” Woodford Habitat for Humanity volunteers have built 40 homes in the county since 1985, according to Searcy. He said most have been built in Versailles, but several are located in Midway and others were constructed on Germany Road and in Mortonsville. “If you … drive down Martin Luther King Boulevard,” said Searcy, “all the modern houses you see out there – and I think there are about 12 of them – Habitat has built in the last 15 years.” Woodford Habitat for Humanity has lots on Russell Avenue and Walnut Street where homes can be constructed, he said. The next home will be built at 205 Russell Avenue, where an older structure has already been removed, he said. Qualified recipients of Habitat homes receive interest-free, 20-year mortgages. Payments on those mortgages provide a revenue stream for Habitat volunteers to build more houses for low income families, Searcy said.