Habitat for Humanity’s Builders Blitz is a bold initiative that remedies a portion of the affordable housing crises in our communities across the country. The blitz began in 2002 here in Wake County, NC, when local home builder Tom Gibson recruited 12 builders to build 12 houses in a week for Habitat. The inaugural builders blitz exceeded expectations and has since grown to national proportions. From that seminal year with 12 completed homes, to 2017 where hundreds of homes were built across the country, the program has helped make Habitat for Humanity the largest home builder in the country by number of delivered homes.

June 4th – 9th, we joined Homes by Dickerson, Braswell Construction Company, and Cityscape Builders to manage the construction of Ashia’s home. Our homeowner Ashia is over the moon with her family’s new residence and said this in reference to her aspirations for home ownership.

“Stability is what I’m excited about providing for my children. I want them to always have their own room to sleep in, no matter how old they get.”

Ashia and her two children have lived in Raleigh since 2015. Ashia is originally from New York and currently works at WakeMed Cary. Her daughter Nevaeh will turn 11 on June 15 and she is ecstatic about decorating her new bedroom! Nevaeh’s younger brother Isaiah is five. He is finishing preschool and looks forward to kindergarten. The family enjoys baking, cooking, and taking walks, which they will have much opportunity to walk on the extensive greenway network that runs just behind their new home! Ashia learned about Habitat Wake from a friend whose home was built during the 2015 Home Builders Blitz.

Although the builder’s names are on the sign, the real heroes of this accomplishment are the subcontractors that donate their skill, time, labor, and materials. Please help us recognize Gardner Roofing, BMC Building Products, Pedro Electric, Vintage Shutters and Hardware, and Stephens Building Products for partnering with us to deliver this home! For more information on the Builder Blitz program visit the Habitat for Humanity Builder Blitz webpage here.