SALISBURY – Seven affordable homes on Old County Road in Salisbury are moving steadily toward completion under the supervision of Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.
The construction began in 2017, with ground breaking in November 2018. Families have been selected to live in three of the seven homes once construction is completed, and all seven units are expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.
With the help of corporations, church groups, school groups, individual volunteers and the families that will live there, the three duplexes and one single family home are well on their way to completion.
“The first three families have been selected for the homes, and they’ve actually been volunteering as well,” said Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity executive director Meegan O’Neil. “That’s one of the great things about Habitat, is that the families help build.”
The volunteers are overseen by a construction manager and volunteer certified construction supervisors.
The Salisbury build is the first in the northernmost part of the 22 communities that Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity serves, but O’Neil emphasized that residents in the area understand the need for affordable housing in the area, and have been quick to volunteer their support.
“Habitat grew out of a group in Lawrence and it’s now really expanding its reach,” said O’Neil. “We were really pleasantly surprised by the support in Salisbury and the surrounding communities.”
At this point, Habitat is looking for families for the remaining four units; the organization has expressed a preference for a veteran in at least one of these units.
Family information sessions for the remaining homes will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. and Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Salisbury Public Library.
For more: http://www.merrimackvalleyhabitat.org/.