September 2, 2014

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Construction company finishes roof for Habitat for Humanity house

BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE PHOTOS Chase Johnson, owner of Johnson Construction Co., is providing roofing materials and labor for a Lorain County Habitat for Humanity house.  BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Chase Johnson, owner of Johnson Construction Co., works on the roof of a Lorain County Habitat for Humanity house. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Volunteers flocked to Franklin Avenue where they continued work Wednesday on the three-month-long process of building a house for charity.

Construction workers from Johnson Construction Co. finished the roof for the 42nd Habitat for Humanity home to be built in Lorain County.

Habitat for Humanity started construction on the single-story home on the 300 block of Franklin Avenue, in late April and plans to have it finished by mid-July, according to Kelly La Rosa, executive director of Lorain County Habitat for Humanity.

La Rosa said the house is the work of multiple volunteer organizations and donors, including GAF Materials, which provides roofing material for the Johnson Construction Co. to build the roof.

The house, at 311 Franklin Ave. in Elyria, is moving toward a mid-July completion target date.

The house, at 311 Franklin Ave. in Elyria, is moving toward a mid-July completion target date.

While this is the first time that Johnson Construction has worked with Lorain County Habitat for Humanity, the company is no stranger to providing free labor for charity work.

Chase Johnson, owner of Johnson Construction, said that the company has been helping create Habitat for Humanity homes across the state since the company’s founding in 2006.

“To be able to give back,” Johnson said of the reason his company has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to create homes around Ohio.

La Rosa said this is the first of two Habitat for Humanity homes the organization plans to erect this year.

The second will be on Warden Avenue in Elyria, and the organization plans to begin construction in the fall.

On June 14, Lorain County Habitat for Humanity will hold a homebuyer class to educate potential residents of their house.

People who make less than 80 percent of their area’s median income are eligible to apply to live in the Franklin Avenue house.

La Rosa said the organization will review different applications and choose a family based on its level of need.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.