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Front Page - Friday, April 17, 2020

Habitat for Humanity continues construction work amid COVID-19 pandemic




Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is moving forward with construction projects likes this Women Build house while practicing social distancing and following government guidelines. - Photograph provided

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is continuing efforts to protect its staff, volunteers and community during the COVID-19 pandemic while also moving forward with construction work on the Women Build house and other exterior repair projects.

The nonprofit says it’s continuing these projects while following all required government-issued guidelines. For example, all essential repairs and projects required for the Aging in Place program are taking place on the home’s exterior only, with no face-to-face contact with the owner.

These projects include roof replacement, wheelchair ramp additions and porch repairs. While these programs are usually citywide, Habitat is currently focusing on projects in the Orchard Knob area.

Work also continues on the Women Build house, located at 256 W. 35th St. in Alton Park, with only essential Habitat staff and sub-contractors on-site. Last week, workers completed the home’s soffit, which covers the underside of the roof overhang, and started installing plumbing and electricity.

In continuing the Women Build tradition, women from Habitat’s staff are currently working on-site.

“While this unprecedented pandemic hinders some of our abilities, we’re still continuing to build and assist with crucial repairs,” says Dennis Neal, senior vice president of construction of the local Habitat. “Though adapting to this pandemic will be challenging, we know access to safe, affordable shelter is as urgent as ever.”

Source: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area