Housing project gives two sisters a new home

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

Two sisters will have a new home soon thanks to the Housing Development Alliance in Hazard.

Construction began Saturday morning, and they only need two days to get the job done.

"I appreciate it. We need it," said Marie Halcomb, the new homeowner.

The two sisters have lived in their home in Klenco for more than 50 years.

"When it rains real hard, it leaks on my bed, and I have to go to the couch," said Marie.

Officials at the Housing Development Alliance decided it was not cost effective to repair the old home.

"With Marie, she had first contacted us about repairing her house and then after we decided that it couldn't be repaired, we worked with her towards getting it replaced," said Chris Doll, the assistant director of the Housing Development Alliance.

After a year of waiting, Marie and her sister were contacted about receiving their new home a couple months ago.

"It's kind of a win win for the community. You get to help someone who needs a safe, decent house," said Scott McReynolds, the executive director of the Housing Development Alliance.

Even young volunteers without building experience pitched in.

"I've been hammering up the walls," said Rachael Blandau, a volunteer.

Volunteers hope to have a roof on this house by the end of the day.

The group plans to put the finishing touches on the home on Tuesday.

Just this year the Housing Development Alliance in Perry County has built 21 houses and repaired 50.

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