Habitat For Humanity Looks To Rebuild After March Tornadoes

A statewide effort is underway to help Southern Indiana families who lost homes in the March 2 tornadoes.

Henryville tornado

Photo: Dan Goldblatt/Indiana Public Media News

Henryville High School was badly damaged by the storms.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers hope to build 20 new homes — ten in Henryville and another nine or 10 in Jefferson County near Madison.   In the meantime, the organization is accepting applications from families wanting to receive one of the homes.

Gina Leckron, Indiana state director of Habitat, says the effort will need scores of volunteers.

“We expect somewhere between 2,500 to 3,000 volunteers over the course of the project,” Leckron says.

To be eligible to receive one of the homes, Leckron says applicants must have been affected by the tornadoes and have a household income between 30 percent and 60 percent of area median income. She says her group is working with several families who had mobile homes in an effort to get them into safer housing. The goal for completion of the new homes in Thanksgiving.

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