A home for the hol­i­days

HBA helps New­ton man keep a roof over his head

The Covington News - - Local news - By Tisa Smart Wash­ing­ton

New­ton County man got an early hol­i­day present this year, thanks to mem­bers of the New­ton County Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion, who brought his home up to code Dec. 15. Be­cause of the work, the home passed in­spec­tion Dec. 16.

“I’m on the board of the Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion and this is one of those good things we try and do,” said Lewis Stephen­son, who spear­headed the project. “I feel great about be­ing able to do some­thing good for some­body, es­pe­cially dur­ing this time of the year.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion learned of the fam­ily’s need from the New­ton County Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment of­fice af­ter Earnest Sim­mons, District 2 Com­mis­sioner, alerted them. The home failed to pass in­spec­tion in the sum­mer, and the of­fice had been work­ing with him to get the work done since then. The owner, who is men­tally dis­abled, tried to com­plete the work him­self, but was un­able. If the home was not brought up to code the owner would have to find some­where else to live. Mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion de­cided they would help the man com­plete the nec­es­sary re­pairs.

“We re-did the handrail, we re-did the steps on the front and the back. We un­der­pinned the trailer. We had to put up pick­ets on the handrails. We had an elec­tri­cal com­pany that be­longs to Home­builders As­so­ci­a­tion come out and do the elec­tri­cal part for us. And ev­ery bit of this is do­nated,” Stephen­son said.

Sev­eral com­pa­nies from the home build­ing in­dus­try par­tic­i­pated in the project in­clud­ing Top Knotch Homes, JRJ Construction, Wal­lace Builders, The Dawkins Group, Har­ris Con­tain­ers/Jimmy Har­ris Truck­ing, and Lit­tle River Construction. So­cial Cir­cle ACE as­sisted with the lum­ber and New­ton Fed­eral Bank and Pin­na­cle Bank do­nated the money to buy the ma­te­ri­als.

The vol­un­teers com­pleted the en­tire project in one day.

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