Home Builders Blitz history

National Blitz Chairman, Tom Gipson celebrates with his Wake County homeowner at Dowling Ridge in Raleigh, NC Homeowner: Teclemicael AraiaHome Builders Blitz founder, Tom Gipson, celebrates with Habitat homeowner, Teclemicael Araia, in Raleigh, N.C.

2014

  • To date, 1,317 homes have been constructed, including the four Home Builders Blitz projects, 2007 off-year local builds and the pilot projects that preceded the first national build.
     
  • In 2014, 250 new homes were constructed, and existing homes were also rehabbed or substantially repaired.
     

2012

  • 2012’s Home Builders Blitz brought 193 additional homes with the help and partnerships from 74 affiliates and their builders.
     
  • It also incorporated rehabs and repairs for the first time, and we are encouraging affiliates to partner in doing rehabs and repairs again in 2014. 
     
“This house means a future,” says Home Builders Blitz volunteer, Kim Jefferson, “It means stability.”“This house means a future,” says Home Builders Blitz volunteer, Kim Jefferson, “It means stability.”

2008

  • During this event, in spite of a downturn in the building industry, 110 affiliates partnered with builders to complete 263 homes in 34 states.
     
  • As a result of the first three Home Builders Blitzes, professional homebuilders and Habitat affiliates partnered together to construct and renovate a total of 734 homes.
     

2006

  • More than 1,000 professional homebuilders teamed with 130 Habitat affiliates across the United States, working on 459 homes to provide housing for nearly 2,000 people.
     
  • This was the largest single U.S. homebuilding effort in Habitat for Humanity’s history.
     

2002

  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County (North Carolina) and local custom home builder Tom Gipson formed a partnership.
     
  • They recruited 12 additional professional homebuilders to build one house each in a five-day period, donating as much of the materials as possible.
     
  • The results were astounding: Twelve homes were completed in five days at a total cost to Habitat (not including land) of $84,000.
     
  • In addition to the donated labor and materials, the builders raised $100,000 in cash donations.