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Boyette Village to see families again

December 21, 2005

Albany- Some hurricane evacuees, staying in Albany, will move into new homes by the New Year.

After months of work, several homes in the old military housing community, Boyette Village, are nearly ready. And families who lost everything in the hurricane are anxiously waiting to move out of hotels and into a new home sweet home.

From ceiling, to floor, inside, and out, Contractors are making final touches to about a dozen units at Boyette Village. Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught said, "It's just the last little details: make sure the electricity, plumbing, and all that is up and running properly and up to code."

Vaught says home inspectors are expected to walk through and sign off on some of the units today so Hurricane Katrina evacuees can move soon. "In the couple days we should be able to start placing."

Ten evacuee families are ready to move in, possibly are soon as Friday. Leslie Parrish of Second Greater Mt. Olive Church said, "It's a part of our Christian duty to come in and help."

Second Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church came to help, offering up 119 units the church owns. The church is paying for the repairs. "All of the units have been painted, all the electrical work has been done, they all have central heating and air," said Parrish.

And the furniture and appliances should be delivered today. The units will be completely furnished, down to a stocked refrigerator, since many evacuee families came to Albany with nothing.

"We have one family of seven, a mother and six children," said Parrish. "We have several college students moving in, some with children too. We do have other extended families, were you have a mother, father, granddaughter, sons. So we have quite a mixture of families that are coming out here."

And FEMA will pay the rent and utilities for those families for at least a year. The church hopes to continue rehabbing the units so more families can have new homes at the start of a New Year.

The church will open up the units to the public after January 15th. Until then, hurricane evacuees will get preference.

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