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Habitat For Humanity Now Wiring New Homes

Posted July 18, 2001

— Volunteers have worked for weeks on 11 new Habitat For Humanity homes in east Raleigh. Americorps workers framed and put in interior walls. Other volunteers put on roofs and siding. Now, the homes are almost finished and there is something almost hidden in each of them.

The houses are all wired for the 21st century.

The wiring comes to a central location and spreads throughout the house. It will provide television and telephone service, which means these homes have convenient access to the Internet.

"It's a system they can put in, it's not really costing them but about $75 more than it would the regular wire, the telephone and the cable like they were doing before," said Darryl Patterson of Homewise Systems.

The InCon system, from a Fuquay-Varina based company of the same name, allows families to easily move phones, TVs and computers.

"It's easy to hook a phone up if they want a phone in another room. They can have several lines if it ever gets to that point," said Chuck Dopler of Wake County Habitat For Humanity.

Families with children will likely live in these homes, and Internet access may be the key to their future.

"It's better for the kids, (because) now they can keep up in school or even excel just because of this stuff that we're putting in. I think that's really important to be able to do that," said Dopler.

The system will be installed in other projects, and the Habitat national office is interested in including it in projects across the country.

Dopler says a North Carolina company is considering providing computers, printers and training to Habitat home owners. That could begin next year.

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