Habitat for Humanity of Wake County's annual Home Builders Blitz will build up to four affordable homes in five days in the East College Park community, located near downtown Raleigh. Each year, builders and professionals in the building industry work together to build new, energy-efficient, affordable homes for qualified partner families. The homes are built from frame to finish in five days. The first Home Builders Blitz was created by local builder and Habitat Wake Advisory Board Member, Tom Gipson. To date, professional builders through Home Builders Blitz have built 95 homes in partnership with Habitat Wake. The Blitz is now a national event, and more than 2,000 builders in 300 communities have participated.
Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is partnering with seven home builders and a top real estate company to build up to four homes in one week in the month of June 2018. Local building partners include Dan Ryan Builders, Pulte Group, Saussy Burbank, Sundance Signature Homes, Triple A Homes, Revolution Homes, and Winslow Homes. All of the builders will provide labor and donated materials to build homes during the 2018 Home Builders Blitz. Dan Ryan Builders and the Pulte Group each will construct an entire home. Saussy Burbank, Sundance, Triple A, Revolution, and Winslow will work together to build homes. For the fourth year, the Blitz Hospitality Sponsor is Fonville Morisey Barefoot New Homes Sales and Marketing.
The 2018 Home Builders Blitz will kick-off a major revitalization project sponsored by The City of Raleigh. The City of Raleigh has assembled lots for 98 single-family homes and 51 townhome units, of which 60% will qualify as affordable homes. Habitat Wake is one of the six builders the City selected for this revitalization project, and all the homes Habitat Wake builds will be sold to families that meet income restricted limits as defined by HUD, complete 200 hours of "sweat equity" and complete homeownership classes.
Habitat Wake has secured the lots and house plans, obtained permits, and has pre-selected the homeowners. This year NC State University students will participate in the 2018 Home Builders Blitz by building all of the walls for three of these homes. The wall build will take place on April 6 in the Brickyard of NC State's main campus. The City of Raleigh staff will support the Home Builders Blitz by serving breakfast and lunch to the builders and their sub-contractors at the build site. Other Blitz sponsors include Ply Gem, BB&T Mortgage and Builders Mutual Insurance Company.