By BUILDER Magazine Staff. During the International Builders' Show, a number of builders, as part of Home Builders Care, and numerous other volunteers built five Habitat for Humanity homes.
The Atlanta building blitz ran from Feb. 8 to 11. Pulte Homes and Centex Homes, among the nation's largest builders, as well as local builder Hedgewood Properties, and First Home Builders of Florida participated. Also lending a hand were the NAHB Remodelors Council and some of the product sponsors.
A silver anniversary ceremony, which included marching bands and fireworks, commemorating Habitat's 25 years of affordable housing stewardship was held on Saturday night.
"My colleagues and I commend all of the builders, sponsors, and volunteers involved in this important project for making a commitment to building adequate and affordable housing," said outgoing NAHB president Bruce C. Smith. Once completed in the parking lot of the Georgia World Trade Center, the homes were moved to permanent locations.
The nonprofit and mostly volunteer Habitat has in itself become one of the nation's largest builders. Carefully selected homeowners provide sweat equity as part of their contribution to owning an affordable home. Habitat holds the home mortgages; repayment proceeds fund more homes.