Habitat for Humanity receives grant for new pavilion

Staff Writer

Starkville Habitat for Humanity received a $2,000 matching grant from Starkville Oktibbeha Achieving Results to construct a new pavilion in the Sunset neighborhood.

Starkville Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Joel Downey said the new pavilion will serve the 200 homes in the Sunset neighborhood west of Starkville.

“Habitat has done 17 homes there, and we’re working on number 18, and we have two more lots out there,” Downey said. “So we will basically have a tenth of the homes in that neighborhood.”

Downey said the neighborhood lies outside of city limits and lacks an organizing place for the residents.

“Our idea was to have a pavilion, and just start having neighborhood meetings,” Downey said. “They can do things like Night Out Against Crime, voter registration drives and block parties.”

Downey said the pavilion will be built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and the long term maintenance will be done by Larzney Carpenter and church members of First Baptist Church of Longview.

Downey said the pavilion is planned to be constructed in March during Collegiate Challenge, when college student volunteers come to Starkville from out of town to construct Habitat for Humanity homes.

“We will be building homes in the area during that time, so we can have both worksites going at the same time,” he said.

The total cost of the project will between $10,000 and $15,000, Downey said.

Because it is a matching grant, interested donors can checks to Starkville Habitat for Humanity at P.O. Box 784, Starkville, Mississippi, with “Sunset Pavilion” on the notes section of the check.