Cape Cod home builders, remodelers and suppliers build a new Habitat for Humanity home for a local family in one week, for the third time
The need to create housing that is affordable for local families remains a critical issue across the region. In September of 2017, area professionals working in the home building industry will help address the affordable housing issue when they come together for their third Home Builders Blitz.
HBRACC members and friends successfully completed the first local Home Builders Blitz for Habitat in 2013 in Orleans, the second in 2015 in Harwich. Now the third Home Builders Blitz will take place the week of September 18th in Brewster. A public ceremony to dedicate the home will be held on Saturday the 23rd at 2:00 pm. The Blitz house, a two-story, four bedroom Cape, will be one of six affordable homes being constructed as the first of two phases in what will be a 14-home subdivision on Paul Hush Way when completed. The nearly 14-acre site was purchased with Town of Brewster Community Preservation Act funds by Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.
Hundreds of members of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC) are once again donating supplies and volunteering countless hours of skilled labor to build one home for one family in one week.
The Blitz planning team began meeting in February 2017, enlisting volunteers and mapping out what will be an extremely tight schedule. Various crews will be lined up one after the other with each working within their area of expertise including: framing, sheathing, siding, roofing, interior finish, painting and appliance installation. Project managers will work closely with town building inspectors to ensure that all aspects of the home meet building codes.
Victoria Goldsmith, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, said, “We are hugely grateful that the home builders and remodelers continue to enthusiastically embrace the challenge of fully funding and then building a Habitat home in just five days. Aside for the opportunity it offers to the local family purchasing it, the Blitz home has served to build awareness of the tremendous affordable housing need here on Cape Cod.”
This year's 2017 Home Builders Blitz Build family is a single working mom, Yessenia "Yessie" Cordova-Miranda, her children are Jedilisse, Jeilannie and Jonathon – they are 6, 4 and 2. Yessie has been working as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for 10 years.
“People ask why our members are willing to give so much time, materials, and labor all year-long in order to plan and complete the Blitz Build home. Our Association’s motto is Building Community and we can’t think of a better way to accomplish that than building a home so a family have an affordable monthly mortgage and continue to live, work and raise their children here on Cape Cod.” says Christine Duren, HBRACC executive officer, “Yessie, a hard-working mom raising a beautiful family, who could be providing care for any one of our family members, couldn’t find a home she can afford! Now she can.”
For more information:
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Home Builders & Remodelers Assn of Cape Cod
Victoria Goldsmith, Executive Director Christine Duren, Executive Director
(508) 362-3559 x15 (774) 330-3140
About the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod
Founded in 1950, HBRACC is a volunteer-driven trade association, consisting of hundreds of member companies, representing thousands of industry professionals on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. The association includes builders and remodelers, suppliers, subcontractors and other associates. For more information, visit www.capecodbuilders.org
About Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod has built more than 115 affordable homes here on Cape Cod, including recently completed homes in Chatham, Yarmouth and Mashpee. New home starts during 2017 include the six homes on Paul Hush Way, Brewster and three homes at 143 Route 6, Truro. Homes that are not being “blitzed” by professionals will be built by community volunteers, under the supervision of a Habitat staff professional, over a 10 – 12 month period. The Habitat program offers local families the opportunity to help build their own homes alongside volunteers and then purchase it with an affordable monthly mortgage payment. Homes are deed restricted to remain affordable in perpetuity. With Habitat’s help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
For more information: www.habitatcapecod.org or 508 362 3559.
Habitat also operates a ReStore in So. Yarmouth www.restorecapecod.org or 508-394-6400.