Habitat for Humanity looks to build a house in a day

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A couple hundred volunteers were putting the phrase “many hands make light work” into practice Monday.

They hope to cut building a house for Habitat for Humanity, a process that usually takes 2.5 months, down to about 13 hours. The organization teamed up with Majestic Homes to complete the project. It’s part of the annual Builder’s Blitz organized by Habitat.

They got started on a two-bedroom house on the 2200 block of Charles Street in Lafayette at 6 a.m. Monday. Thanks to the estimated 300 volunteer professionals, they hope to have it all done by 7 p.m.

Doug Taylor, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette, said the accelerated schedule saves Habitat a lot of work, which otherwise must coordinate hundreds of volunteers and professionals over months of a typical build.

“It generates a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. It’s so good to see people come together and focus on working together,” said Taylor. “Because we can get a lot of things done, if we work together.”

Taylor added that the homeowner must put 250 hours of sweat equity into a home as part of the Habitat agreement. Then the person gets an interest-free mortgage.

The Charles Street home is one of three new houses being built during this year’s Builder’s Blitz. The others are in Lafayette at 2327 Powderhouse Lane and 2017 Underwood St. One additional home at 2016 N. 17th St. is being rehabbed.

Steve Thomas from “This Old House” is stopping by Tuesday to take a look at each of the homes. The public is invited to a celebration at the home at 2233 1/2 Charles St. at 12:30 p.m. for a lunch provided by Dog n’ Suds.

For more information on the lunch or the builders involved with each home, click here.

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