According to Zillow data, housing inventory has been at historic lows in 2018, and much of the available stock has been clustered at the high end, leaving many first-time homebuyers struggling to find something they can afford. With rent prices also rising in many metros, affordable housing can be all too scarce for lower-income families. While it certainly won’t solve the overarching problem, thousands of professional home builders and suppliers recently teamed up with Habitat for Humanity for the eighth national Home Builders Blitz, working to construct or renovate hundreds of affordable homes in communities around the country.
The Home Builders Blitz dates back to 2002, when “Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina, partnered with local homebuilder Tom Gipson to build 12 Habitat homes in five days,” the Blitz website explains. Participating builders have five days to organize a team, locate donations of supplies and materials, and implement the actual build.
For this year’s event, industry builders and suppliers worked with Habitat for projects in more than 70 communities, scattered across 31 states. Overall, more than 2,200 builders have participated in Home Builders Blitz since its inception, with more than 1,850 homes constructed.
"Home Builders Blitz is a testament to the commitment of local builders to invest in their communities," said Sue Henderson, Habitat for Humanity International's VP for the United States and Canada. "Since 2002, professional builders have partnered with families to create positive ripple effects in their communities. We are so grateful for their skills, time, and support."
Habitat also highlights other ways the Home Builders Blitz benefits communities beyond the houses themselves: the project fosters and improves relationships with banks, spurs donations of land from the affected communities, encourages future volunteerism, and builds relationships with local real estate agents, who often help affiliates locate usable land.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz, click here.