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12/21/04

Habitat For Humanity Needs Land In Jackson County

A decent home for her four children to grow up in is what Carolyn Carlisle wants, because her family's been living in a house the last few years that was far from it.

"Rodents, very bad rodents. They were biting through the ceiling and coming in on us," Caroline Carlisle says.

"Sewage stayed backed up, pipes always busting, the roof was leaking on top of the electric water heater," Anthony Carlisle says.

"Oh, the black mold in the kid's room. That's when we really had to move," Caroline Carlisle says.

The family did move out last February.

Habitat for Humanity had already told them they'd be in a new home within months.

"Her mother said we could come back here and stay with her until our house got built," Anthony says.

But the temporary stay, has turned into semi-permanent residence.

The spot for the Carlisle's home was donated to Habitat for Humanity and that land was unusable because it didn't meet Habitat requirements.

The organization doesn't have any more land available at the moment, so until another plot of land shows up, the Carlisles are stuck here.

"Rachel on the floor over here, the baby in the middle. Me and my husband," Caroline Carlisle says as she shows WLOX her small bedroom."Ten people in one bathroom is very difficult."

Although their living situation doesn't seem much better than where they were before, the Carlisles aren't complaining.

Instead each member of the family is patiently waiting for the day their dreams will come true.

"One of my main things about being a husband and being a father is I've got to get a house for my family," Anthony Carlisle says.

"Me and my sister are going to share a room and we both like pink. We're going to have it pink," 9-year old Katherine Carlisle says.

"We're thankful that eventually we're going to have something of our own," Caroline Carlisle says.

by Jaimee Goad

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