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Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity plans to build 4 new homes for tornado victims

By Jack Flynn, MassLive.com

1115 days ago   Article ID# 1551164
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Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity

SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS (MassLive.com) - Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity announced plans Friday to build four new homes in one week for families displaced by the June 1 tornado.

Marking the first anniversary of the storm, the building blitz will begin June 1 and conclude on June 8. The homes will be on Mill, Leitch, Clayton and Quincy, Habitat’s board president Robert Perry announced at a news conference at the Quincy Street site.

Perry said the local chapter of the international home-building charity was frustrated that it could not help victims in the aftermath of the tornado that killed four and damaged or destroyed building from Westfield to Charlton.

“We’re not first responders, we’re not rebuilders,” Perry said, adding that building homes was Habitat’s way of helping storm victims’ long-term housing needs.

Each home will cost $150,000, with about 75 percent of the funding already pledged by the charity’s sponsors – Babson Capital, TNT General Contracting, Catuogno Court Reporting, Vartanian Cabinetry, Lane Construction, and National Stabilization Project Funds.

Habitat volunteers working on the project will get help from the Habitat affiliate in Guatemala, where the Greater Springfield chapter built homes in 2011, said Jennifer Schimmel, the local chapter’s executive director.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, city Housing Director Geraldine McCafferty, City Councilor Bud Williams joined Habitat for the event, along with representatives of the sponsoring groups.

Sarno said the four-home campaign demonstrated the crucial role that Habitat plays in helping needy families in Springfield and beyond.

“This epitomizes what Habitat is all about – helping out and giving back,” Sarno said before the participants grabbed shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

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Updated 1115 days ago   Article ID# 1551164

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