Habitat for Humanity of Greater BR needs more volunteers to help build homes

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is looking for volunteers to help build homes for the town.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge targets vacant and degraded properties to build new homes

Richmond Park is an older historic neighborhood located near Mid City in Baton Rouge, but over time many of these homes are not in the best condition.

“The property was vacant, overused and really served as a dumping ground,” said Lynn Clark, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

However, near North 31st Street, a few properties are getting a makeover. What may look like an empty, demolished home will turn into a brand new home made entirely by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

“So to be able to acquire this property and build a beautiful home there, where a wonderful family will move in and take care of this property,” Clark added.

Habitat for Humanity works with the city to repair these abandoned homes, working specifically on properties that have been repossessed by the city due to tax liens.

“If we can take that and put it into commerce by building homes that will allow families to thrive and grow. It’s so much better for the community. It elevates the neighborhood, it makes the neighbors proud that their community is coming back,” Clark explained.

So far, the organization says 50 properties that were officially vacant and adjudicated are now in the hands of volunteers, who not only repair homes but also make other improvements in the neighborhood.

“We’re focusing on what we call infill, which is building into existing neighborhoods that may not have seen much development in recent years. So we’re building new houses next to existing houses,” Clark said.

It takes 220 volunteers to build just one house, and Habitat for Humanity is looking for others to help, so they can continue to help neighborhoods across the city.

Anyone interested in volunteering or enrolling in the home ownership program can click HERE.

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