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Construction Blitz On Habitat For Humanity Homes

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Columbia, CA – The third and fourth Habitat for Humanity homes are expected to make rapid progress today towards a completion date in June.

Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director Betsy Harden says she is “blown away at how fast it is going.” She says work often goes slower with volunteers and she is extremely grateful to the professional construction crew that is donating its time today.

Over 36 energy-efficient, solar-powered, single family dwellings (2-story town homes) will eventually be built at Parrotts Ferry Village in the next five to six years. Habitat’s goal is to have eight homes finished by 2013. The first two homes held their dedication ceremony on April 14th.

Today, California Gold is partnering with Northern California Framing for what they are calling a blitz. According to General Manager, Dennis Lafayette, the six workers donating their time use a quick application of construction techniques to rapidly frame the walls. They will have the first floor framed by noon, and should have second floor framing finished tomorrow. Lafayette also said they are on schedule to finish the homes by the second week of June.

Habitat uses volunteer hours, community donations, and requires the families that the houses are being built for to invest 500 sweat equity hours. Once completed, the next two families will be chosen and construction can begin on those homes.

  • Betsy Harden