Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity hosts wall raising ceremony

Hampshire County

Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity celebrated the construction of its 43rd home with a wall raising ceremony Tuesday morning.

According to Director of Resource Development Amy Landry, the walls of the 650 square foot, one bedroom home on 1 Garfield Avenue were raised Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

Landry said the walls were built before the event by a group of volunteers from a faith community in Pennsylvania. 

The wall raising also allowed volunteers building the home to meet the future homeowner, who has been working with crews to complete the house. 

“We’re looking to help serve people who are in families as well as individuals and couple sand everyone who has that dream of homeownership bust just can’t get there,” said Megan McDonough, executive director of the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

The small home is representative of over a year of planning and community forums that drew input from government representatives, banking, zoning, design/build, and potential end-user populations. 

Five other Habitat for Humanity homes have been built on Garfield Avenue and are occupied. Officials say construction will take six months to a year to complete. 

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