LowCountry Habitat for Humanity has finished its 41st house, and the new owners are preparing to move into the home in Beaufort's Pigeon Point neighborhood.
The house at 916 Lafayette St. is next door to a second lot where Habitat has been constructing another house. That house should be completed later this year.
The two-home project was delayed by the lengthy paperwork required as part of a $125,000 federal HOME grant being used to build the Lafayette Street homes and two others, executive director Brenda Dooley said.
"We got stuck on that grant. We couldn't do anything for the longest time; we couldn't even touch the site," she said.
HOME grants can be used for building, buying or rehabilitating affordable housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The mother and adult daughter who own the home have put in more than their 400 required hours of "sweat equity" working on it and other homes, volunteering at the ReStore resale store and taking homeownership classes, Dooley said.
"The family whose going into this is ready; they've been in the process for a while," she said.
Attempts this week to reach the family were unsuccessful. They are expected to attend a dedication at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Among the groups and people who volunteered on their home -- in addition to Habitat's regular weekend volunteers -- were military personnel and Bank of America and Pepsi employees. Residents of Cat Island, Royal Pines and Pigeon Point contributed to the fundraising.
The next two homes for Habitat will be in Mint Farm, on two lots facing each other. One of those will be built with the wall studs decorated in a "love your stud" fundraiser by Habitat, in which people adopt and decorate wooden studs. A party will be thrown when the house is framed so people can come and find their studs before the walls are put up, Dooley said.
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