After nearly a year of work, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity is nearly completed with disaster recovery work in Century, Fla., 30 miles north of Pensacola.
Starting last November, Pensacola Habitat worked in concert with BRACE, Escambia County, and the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority to build 16 new homes for Century residents who lost their homes during the 2016 spring tornado that leveled many homes and businesses in the town of approximately 2,000 people.
“Thanks to the coalition, Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has been able to complete a significant amount of work in the Century area,” said Pensacola Habitat Executive Director Tim Evans. “This project was our first major test to prove we are ready to act when disaster strikes. We are a community development organization that is concerned with all aspects of housing in our community and we are capable leaders of disaster recovery and repair.”
A community development organization, Pensacola Habitat was eager to complete builds in the area as part of the ongoing effort to restore normalcy to Century and its residents. Pensacola Habitat worked with Escambia County and the town of Century to create homes that fit the exact needs of the qualifying homeowners. In addition to building entirely newly designed homes, this was the organization’s first time leading recovery efforts on a project of this magnitude.
“We were enthusiastic to lead disaster recovery efforts alongside amazing efforts by organizations, like United Way of Escambia County and BRACE, to ensure proper aid was given to our local community,” said Evans.
“After the storm, we recognized the scope and type of damage to the area fit right into the expanding capacity of our organization. With the funding for the builds provided by Escambia County, the Escambia County Housing Finance Authority, and local businesses, we were able to create sizable change, and impact, in the area.”