Habitat for Humanity gives Whitehaven veteran new roof

Habitat for Humanity gives veteran new roof

WHITEHAVEN, Tenn. (WMC) - For 15 years, Clifton Boykin’s roof on his Whitehaven home has been getting worse.

“Well there were some cracked beams,” said Boykin.

“I think it was over 25 years old,” said Michael Ward, Republic Roofing and Restoration.

So, Habitat for Humanity stepped in.

Habitat for Humanity has teamed up with locally-owned Republic Roofing & Restoration for another Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project.

Habitat has helped provide hundreds of roofs to Memphis residents over the last few years.

“The sad part is we see this all the time. A lot of seniors, a lot of veterans, people who do not have that disposable income to do the necessary repairs to the home, the home deteriorates quickly,” said Greg Webb, Habit for Humanity.

Clifton Boykin, a Vietnam War veteran, was used to water leaking into his home when it rained.

However, crews made sure everything that covers him now is weather tight.

“Everything is new from the framing, decking, the roof underlaying, shingles, flashing, everything will be new and weather resistant for years to come,” said Ward.

It's not just Boykin being impacted by this.

Crews say they had a little extra pep in their step for this assignment.

Everyone will be sleeping a little better from now on.

“This is something we do every day, and when you pause for a second and realize you're giving back to the community it really is something special,” said Ward.

“It makes me feel a sense of relief, and pretty happy for once. Which is good,” said Boykin.

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