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Habitat Budget Allocation To Be Used On Portland HQ

by Gabe BullardLouisville's Habitat for Humanity organization may soon begin renovating a building in the Portland neighborhood to use as a headquarters.The latest city budget allocates 400 thousand federal and local dollars to Habitat. The organization is currently raising 2.5 million dollars to renovate the Portland building. Director Rob Locke says the new headquarters will house Habitat's administrative offices, thrift store donations and storage and a construction shop. With that city money, he says work on the facility could begin as early as next month."We already have enough to acquire the building, which is done and we have enough to renovate the office space and get our office people over there," he says. "And we're really close to having enough money to have the shop and to get the Re-store distribution center up."Locke says he hopes the consolidation will help Habitat achieve its goal of building 300 new homes in the area in the next decade. The organization's first 300 homes were built over a 24-year period.