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GI Area Habitat for Humanity starts work on new Blitz Build

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 9:59 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - It’s that time again for the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity to build a whole house in just one week. This is their sixth Blitz Build and it’s all made possible with help from the community.

Normally Habitat uses volunteers and build their homes in 14 Saturdays. For their Blitz Builds, it’s all professionals and only takes one week.

“People come out that are competitors and people that are bosses come out and work with their employees, we have great crews and wonderful camaraderie on these builds,” Director Dana Jelinek told Local4 News.

The competitors put their competition aside for the good cause.

“We had the two big supply houses in town here and both of the managers were sitting there talking to each other,” Volunteer Construction Manager Amos Anson said. “It’s really, really cool seeing all the different trades get along, all the different builds get along and they’re literally all direct competition for each other.”

With everyone working together, they can get the whole home build in days instead of months.

“Typically a habitat house takes us 14 weekends, but when you have all professionals working on it it goes a lot faster,” Anson said. “It’s all framed and the subcontractors are in there getting their ruffins done. By the end of the first day we’re going to have all of the inspections done and typically that takes about a month.”

The owner of the house has already put in her 500 hours of sweat equity. She will now own this house and pay her mortgage to Habitat interest free.