By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of two houses in Tupelo and is about to start another.
On Tuesday, construction manager Wes Partin helped temporary employees hang vinyl siding on a 1,400-square-foot house on North Church Street.
It should be ready for Bernadette McAllister and her family to move into within a couple of weeks.
“I’ve prayed about this and I feel so blessed,” said McAllister, who works at the Hampton Inn in Tupelo.
Moving into the Habitat home will end a stretch of 18 years during which McAllister has lived in a house provided by the Tupelo Housing Authority.
Within a month, Partin hopes to finish another house on Woods Street, and soon thereafter to begin building on Little Street.
Habitat recently completed a two-week blitz building in Smithville. Working with area churches, including All Saints’ Episcopal in Tupelo, Partin and volunteers built a home for the family of Wade Morris, who was badly burned in a kitchen accident and is unable to work.
According to Partin, around 100 people applied for Habitat houses during an informational meeting earlier this year, and the organization is still processing those applications.