Habitat to build home in honor of Pope Francis

(Clarion-Ledger) Thanks in part to an anonymous donor, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area is building a home in honor of Pope Francis. Now, Habitat is asking the community to donate the remaining funds.

The organization needs an additional $40,000 to build the three-bedroom home on Greenview Drive in South Jackson.

It costs approximately $80,000 to build a Habitat home.

The selected homeowner, Shavers Houston, said he feels honored to be apart of the “Pope house.”

“This here is a very special build near and dear to my children’s hearts,” Houston said Wednesday. Houston will share the home with his four children, ranging in age from 13 to six-year-old twins.

A maintenance technician at a Jackson apartment complex, Houston said he first reached out to Habitat after he heard an ad on the radio. In the time since, he has attended classes on financing and budgeting, hosted by Habitat. Houston, and other Habitat home owners, pay their monthly mortgage to Habitat. Those funds are then used to continue building more houses.

Houston said he is eager to put “sweat equity” into the home and begin building. When construction is complete, “words can’t even describe the way it will feel moving into that home,” he said.

“It’s been a long journey for me and my kids as far as having to go from house to house an finally being a home owner, it’s going to be, you know, words cant even describe it.”

Bishop Joseph Kopacz, Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, said the build is “something unique” to the Jackson area. Naming a house in Pope Francis’ honor is a way to continue the work The Pontiff is doing all over the world. [More]


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