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Habitat for Humanity marks 300th home

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SCOTLANDVILLE - Habitat for Humanity marked its 300th home in the Baton Rouge area Friday morning.

The homeowners, Norvel and Takirri Blackburn, received the honor to own the milestone home after being chosen from a pool of elligible families. Norvel actually grew up in the 10th Habitat home in Baton Rouge, which is owned by his mother, Alice Blackburn.

"Starting at the age of five we moved around a lot, so once we were able to get into our own home and to be able to have friends, community. You know you can have a real sense of pride about yourself when you have somewhere stable to be," he said.

"My hard work was I was working a job, getting off in the evening and then coming in and working till the sun go down," said Alice.

Applicants must complete 255 hours of sweat equity working to build Habitat for Humanity homes including their own.

"They know that every weekend mom and dad's going to work. We come by here and we bring them by here. They play on this concrete. They walk around in what's soon to be our backyard, and they know when we leave them we're working toward having us a home," said Norvel.

Today Mayor-President Kip Holden marked Sept. 13 as "Habitat for Humanity of Great Baton Rouge Day" for the city of Baton Rouge. The Blackburns said they're not just grateful that they now own a home.

"It's not just about us, you know," he said. "It's about saying that Habitat put 299 families in homes before us. So to see that an organization cares about the community, it makes you care a little bit more."

The home we be finished in 10 weeks. The Blackburns said they plan to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a long time after that.


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