February 1, 2008
FEMA says 11,000 South Mississippians are still without homes, living in FEMA trailers. With the need for homes still dire more than two years after Katrina, Habitat says its rebuilding work must continue. Wednesday, Habitat had extra help as workers from Schneider Electric got building in St. Martin.
“We just can’t wait to move in!”
Anika Davis and her daughter Alexis have waited 11 years for a home to call their own. Although not directly affected by Katrina, owning a home has always been Anika’s dream.
“I’m just so excited. You wouldn’t know what it will feel like unless you were in my shoes to be a first time homeowner so I’m so excited and thankful for that.”
Anika Davis has Habitat for Humanity and Schneider Electric North America to thank for making her dreams come true.
“At the house dedication today, it’s going to be a great moment, there won’t be a dry eye in the house,” says David Petrais, CEO of Schneider Electric North America.
Schneider Electricity is building five other homes in the Sweetbriar subdivision off Rosemont Street in St. Martin. The CEO says rebuilding the Gulf Coast should be “the top” national priority.
“I’m amazed…as we go through a Presidential election that there’s not more dialogue about the needs here in the Gulf Coast. I find it also unacceptable that it’s not on the national agenda, to get this area rebuilt and people back in homes.”
As the move in date draws closer, the youngest member of the Davis family says she already has plans for her new room.
“Every wall will be a different color. It’ll be pink, blue, yellow, and green and then it will be girly and then I’ll have a reading area and a study area.”
“We just can’t wait to move in and just walk outside in the morning. I am blessed to thank all the volunteers out here. “
The Davis family will move in sometime in March. The other homes should wrap up in about three months. Schneider Electric donated the electrical equipment for Habitat Homes nationwide and has pledged an impressive 7 million dollars to rebuild the Gulf Coast.