Habitat for Humanity "blitz build" kicks off in Knoxville

Habitat for Humanity "blitz build" kicks off in Knoxville

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The houses will soon become home to low-income families from Knoxville. The houses will soon become home to low-income families from Knoxville.
They are building in the Silver Leaf community off Skyline Drive in East Knoxville. They are building in the Silver Leaf community off Skyline Drive in East Knoxville.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Imagine building an entire house in only one week. How about seven of them?

A local team of volunteers is tackling that feat, completing the homes in just seven days.

It's the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity "blitz build," and it kicked off Saturday morning.

The first day of the build, in the Silver Leaf community off Skyline Drive in East Knoxville, brought out more than 600 volunteers, working together to construct the three and four bedroom houses in just a matter of days.

"You can't do it as individuals. It has to be teamwork," said Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Chief Development Officer Archie Ellis.

The houses will soon become home to low-income families from Knoxville.

"In the majority of instances, they would never have the opportunity to own a house if it weren't for a program like ours," said Ellis.

Recipient families are chosen based upon need and their ability to pay the no-interest mortgage that comes with the house.

They also undergo more than a year of Habitat's training program, which teaches them about home ownership, budgeting, landscaping and home maintenance.

Plus, there's some elbow grease involved for these families.

They have to actually help with the blitz build itself.

"It's been such an incredible journey. It's been so hard. You have to put a lot of work into it, but it's so rewarding in the end. We're almost here. We're about done, so," said Greg Compton of Knoxville, whose family is receiving one of the homes.

Compton and his wife, brand new parents of a baby girl, say they are overwhelmed that their dream of owning a home is finally coming true, one nail at a time.

"This program is setting people up for success and I think that's what they're doing for our family," said Compton.

Recipient families, like the Comptons, will be moving in as early as May or June.

Knoxville Habitat for Humanity builds 25 homes a year for families in Knox County.

This week's "blitz build" homes will be dedicated on Friday, April 12, and the families will be presented with the keys to their new homes.

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