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Habitat for Humanity hoping holiday spirit will help in wake of fire

Posted at 3:46 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 20:39:27-05

BILLINGS – Habitat for Humanity is hoping the community will think of them this holiday season, as they try to continue operations after a fire caused damage to their downtown Billings ReStore.

Jim Woolyhand, executive director of Habitat, said the group is losing about $2,000 a day with the closure of the ReStore, all of which was going to building homes.

With a loss of about $10,000 a week, Woolyhand said the nonprofit is going to do what it can to stay on track with home-building projects.

Currently, the organization is working to build its 82nd home, which is in the Heights.

Woolyhand said this home is the fifth of eight available lots in a cul-de-sac. The organization hopes to have all eight homes done by September.

The organization is also raising money for a new subdivision. Habitat will eventually build 21 homes on a 5.5 acre lot off Wicks Lane. Woolyhand said they plan to begin working on infrastructure at the site in spring 2019.

Habitat officials hope to meet with an insurance adjuster in the next several days, but as of right now they are unsure of their path forward.

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Reporting by Samantha Sullivan for MTN News