BEND, OR -- It normally takes local Habitat for Humanity volunteers four months to build a home for a low-income family. But local professionals are lending a hand to get it done in seven days. Crews broke ground on a new two-bedroom house in northwest Bend, on Monday. It's part of the Home Builders Blitz, a nationwide effort to build 250 homes in one week.
Robin Cooper Engle, with Bend Area Habitat for Humanity
, says the NW Huettl Lane house is for a single mother and her son. “So far we’re doing great. We’ve got a lead builder; we’ve got some great framers out here today; and siders. We’re working with roofing companies. You name it; the whole gamut ,because we’re going to build a house this week for a family here in Bend.”
Professionals, instead of the usual non-construction volunteers, are building this home. Engle told KBND News at the job site on Monday, “We’re hoping to start getting these trusses spread out so that we can start doing a little bit of the roofing and we can get it dried in tonight, that would be awesome. Almost every aspect of what’s going on this week is being donated. It’s pretty amazing.” Those donations lowered the cost of construction by $50,000. Follow their progress at Bend Area Habitat's Facebook page
A community celebration is scheduled for Monday afternoon, June 13 for the Blitz Build Home Dedication.