Habitat for Humanity Repairs Tornado-Damaged Homes

By Naomi Pescovitz
KSTP TV – October 3, 2011

On Monday, volunteers from the Twin Cities branch of Habitat for Humanity will repair a Minneapolis home damaged during the May tornado.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day and the theme this year is “Housing Cities after a Disaster.”

Twin Cities Habitat is hoping to repair about 20 damaged homes before winter. So far, they have completed 11 projects, many of which needed new roofs.

“If we have snow like we did last year, there’s a lot of moisture that’s going to be entering the house, and then from that point the degradation of the house just goes exponentially from there too,” said Troy Blakestad, Project Supervisor with Habitat for Humanity.

About 20 volunteers helped repair Trena Sumrall’s home Monday. It is estimated to be a 3 day project, costing more than $10 thousand. Structural damage to the home needs repair. Siding, windows and shingles all need to be replaced or fixed.

“It makes me truly thankful, because it’s money that we didn’t have so I’m thankful for the resource,” Sumrall said.

To volunteer with or donate to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, click here.