City Provides Volunteers and Cash for Habitat Homes

Nov 7, 2017

Thanks to the City of Tallahassee and several other community partners, two families have brand new homes in the Sabal Palm neighborhood.

City of Tallahassee and Habitat for Humanity officials present the homes in the 2700 block of McArthur Street to Maria Wright and India Williams.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Habitat for Humanity was the prime driver for the project. India Williams and her children are in one of the two houses.

“No way in my wildest dreams could I have imagined I would have a brand new home!” she exclaimed before Tuesday's (11/7) presentation event. Meanwhile, Maria Wright and her kids are moving in next door.

“And I would like to thank Habitat, the City of Tallahassee and all the volunteers,” she said. 

The volunteers were mostly City employees, who City Deputy Manager Reese Goad explained, put in a lot of hours during the two houses’ construction which began back in mid-August.

“And you can see all of the people in the audience out there today who put in I’m told 1,300 volunteer hours into these homes. If you do that, the money and the volunteer hours, you’re able to get some reimbursement from the state.”

That will significantly offset the $130,000 funding the City Commission authorized earlier this year for the construction of the two homes.