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First 'Eco-Cottage' currently under construction

BAY ST. LOUIS — Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Mike Womack announces the first Eco-Cottage is under construction with the help of Bay-Waveland Habitat for Humanity, the Mississippi Development Authority and a group of nearly 50 volunteers in Hancock County.

The project kicked last week as volunteers began construction on the three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,100-square-foot home.

This project is funded by a $1.7-million grant from the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program’s Eco-Cottage Program, with the goal of creating a sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient homes for residents impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

This project will cost nearly $85,000.

The family receiving the home is required to put in 250 hours of sweat equity for each adult, in helping to build their house and or the house of others. The project is expect to be nearly 70 percent complete this Friday with additional volunteers, Americorps, Habitat staff and subcontractors completing the project in April 2011.

This home features eco-friendly materials and energy efficient appliances and construction techniques, which will mean lower utility bills for the homeowners.

MEMA’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Area will build 20 cottages in the Seal Point neighborhood in Bay St. Louis. When completed the Seale Point neighborhood will have more than 40 affordable, energy efficient units thanks to various partnerships including $4.3 million from the Mississippi Development Authority Long Term Workforce Housing Grant.

The land for this project was donated to Bay-Waveland Habitat by Habitat for Humanity International.

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