Local agency offers ‘HOPE’

Local agency offers ‘HOPE’
Local agency offers 'HOPE' | HOPE of Martin, Gene Busby

Gene Busby, director of HOPE of Martin, (right) talks with Phil Brooks of First State during a ribbon cutting held Friday morning on Jackson Street in Martin to welcome the newest residence to the street.

There is a place in Weakley County that is synonymous with its name in that it offers people hope to those who would otherwise be burdened by financial restraints.
That place is HOPE of Martin. Through its generosity, low-income families now have places to call home without the burden of high costs.
Friday morning, local dignitaries and Weakley County Chamber of Commerce members welcomed HOPE of Martin’s newest addition to the community.
The project to build a brand new duplex on Jackson Street in Martin began in March. The idea from its earliest inception was to build an Energy Star residence.
The duplex on Jackson Street is the first of its kind, offering its residents  two 1,200 square feet three bedroom, two bath completely energy efficient homes. From the insulation to windows to appliances, Kevin Ledford of Ledford Engineering said he would not be surprised if the families in the Jackson Street duplexes did not see an energy savings of nearly 40-50 percent in comparison to other homes that size.
Ledford explained the homes were designed mathematically to only use a one-ton unit for cooling purposes.
Gene Busby, director of HOPE of Martin, applauded the efforts of Memphis contractor F and F Construction.
Surprisingly, noted Ledford and Busby, the contractor was able to handle all of the Energy Star requests for building the duplex and there were no significant price increases as a result.
HOPE of Martin recently completed another duplex project located on Summer Street in Martin. Busby said all units were rented before the projects were complete.
The Jackson Street project was paid for through a full grant THDA grant and was the first Energy Star duplex of its kind.

WCP 12.06.11

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