Local Builders Partner with Cape Fear Habitat to Build Two Homes in One Week
The 2023 Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity Home Builder’sBlitz will construct two homes in just one week. One of the homes will be built by local builder Stevens Fine Homes. The other home will be built by the Cape Fear Professional Women in Building Council, a combined effort of three local building companies, The Anchor Group, Charter Building Group, and Kent Homes. The event takes place Friday, July 28 through Friday, August 4 in Legacy Landing, Habitat’s new 10-home development located in Castle Hayne. During this vigorous build-a-thon event, these builders and their sub-contractors donate their time, skills, and all materials needed to completely build two homes from foundation to roof. Through this project, they are actively demonstrating their support for the project and their commitment to finding solutions for the affordable housing challenges in our area.
The Home Builder’s Blitz allows professional builders to partner with families who have completed the Habitat Homeownership Program and are ready to build and purchase their home with an affordable mortgage. This year, future homeowner Tonesha, a Certified Nursing Assistant in New Hanover County, will be working alongside the Stevens Fine Homes team to construct her home. Tonesha was cost-burdened by her rent, meaning that she was paying more than 30% of her income on housing. A friend encouraged Tonesha to apply for Habitat’s homeownership program, which she previously did not know was an option for her. As the future homeowner of one of this year’s Builder’s Blitz homes, Tonesha looks forward to the freedoms, space, and stability owning a home will provide for her family. The Professional Women in Building Council, made up of women in all facets of the building industry, along with the Anchor Group, Charter Building Group, and Kent Homes, will construct another home to be purchased by a second homeowner.
This build event is a powerful example of companies and individuals coming together to create a better, stronger community. Habitat acquires the land, develops the sites, and provides house plans and permits, while the builders provide the labor, funding, and materials. Builders Blitz not only creates affordable housing for two families today but also allows for Cape Fear Habitat to serve more families in the future.
About Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1987 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Cape Fear Habitat has served 250 hard-working families in Pender, Duplin, and New Hanover Counties. Habitat families invest 250 to 400 hours in the homeownership program, participating in financial counseling, volunteering at ReStores, and taking hands-on home maintenance classes. They also work onsite to build their own homes and the homes of other Habitat
Our Vision: A thriving community where everyone has the opportunity to live in sustainable and affordable home families. After completing the 18-month program, program participants pay a low-interest mortgage which goes to fund the homes of other deserving families. With staff and the involvement of hundreds of individual, corporate, and faith volunteers, Cape Fear Habitat builds 22-24 homes each year. The affiliate also manages three ReStore locations in Wilmington that sell new and gently used household goods, furniture, and remodeling supplies generating enough income to offset all administrative costs for the organization.