Last weekend the non-profit organization Habitat for Humanity celebrated a major milestone just in time for the holiday season. Sunday afternoon was their annual Christmas block party, volunteers from Lafayette Habitat for Humanity joined residents of Gilman Street to celebrate. The party also coincided with the completion of the last habitat house in the neighborhood, the 33rd and final home for the area, a project five years in the making
"We started building these houses after, well it was our response to Hurricane Katrina and Rita and we began building with the Jobs Corps in 2007 and this is the 33rd and final house on this block of East Gilman" said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Melinda Taylor.
But, threes no time to waste, the end of one project means the beginning of another.
"Even though it's sad to leave Gilman after all this time, we've got a really established presence over here now we'll be coming back, we have a lot of families here now that of course have close connections with us but we're starting a new neighborhood in McComb Veazey" said Taylor.
"For kids its stability but for families too they don't have to worry about looking for another place if the land lord goes up on the rent they don't have to find somewhere else because they can't afford it" said Volunteer Una Hargrave.
For more information on Lafayette Habitat for Humanity or to find ways to get involved, you can visit their website www.lafayettehabitat.org