Tuesday morning, Lubbock Habitat for Humanity broke ground on the Talkington Habitat for Humanity Addition, located in northeast Lubbock at Erskine Street and Guava Avenue.

Phase One of the Talkington addition will house 22 homes. Infrastructure for the addition is being made possible with grants from the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation and over $150,000 from the City of Lubbock Community Development Block Grant. Additional support is being provided by Hugo Reed and the Utility Contractors of America.

“The J. T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation is proud to partner with Lubbock Habitat,” Chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors Norton Baker said. “The establishment of the new housing addition is in a good location.”

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Lubbock City Council members Victor Hernandez (District 1) and Floyd Price (District 2, pictured) participated in the groundbreaking. Lubbock mayoral candidate Dan Pope and members of the East Lubbock Community Alliance also attended the ceremony.

“LHFH is appreciative of the support it has received from the J. T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation and the City of Lubbock,” President of the LHFH Board of Directors John Scarborough said. “We are also appreciative of the partnership with Hugo Reed and Associates who are overseeing this phase of the project, and Utilities Contractors of America (UCA) who are doing the actual utility installation. It is because of these types of partnerships, that LHFH is able to provide simple, decent, affordable housing.”