6 new homes being built this week for East Tennessee families in

6 new homes were built last week for East Tennessee families in need

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More than four hundred volunteers turned out Saturday for day one of the build. More than four hundred volunteers turned out Saturday for day one of the build.
The organization and its volunteers are building six homes in just seven days for local families in need, and kicked off the project early Saturday morning. The organization and its volunteers are building six homes in just seven days for local families in need, and kicked off the project early Saturday morning.
The volunteers will be working morning, noon and night over the next week to make sure it all gets done on time. The volunteers will be working morning, noon and night over the next week to make sure it all gets done on time.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - You know spring has officially arrived when Knoxville Habitat for Humanity kicks off its annual blitz build event.

The organization and its volunteers built six homes in just seven days for local families in need.

It sounds like a task that would be difficult to achieve, but Habitat has tackled the massive project before and are confident they can do it again.

"We'll have six homes completely built by next Friday night. The staff at Habitat is phenomenal. They've got it down to a science," said Marvin House, a board member for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

This year's blitz build is being held in the Silver Leaf community of East Knoxville.

More than four hundred volunteers turned out Saturday for day one of the build.

"We've got churches. We've got banks. We've got all sorts of organizations that have stepped up to help with the volunteer effort in these homes," said House.

The volunteers will be working morning, noon and night over the next week to make sure it all gets done on time.

"A lot of hours but a lot of satisfaction," said House.

The Silver Leaf subdivision, located off Skyline Drive, already houses a number of Habitat homes.

In fact, this is the fourth year in a row that Habitat has held it's blitz build event here.

Working alongside the volunteers are the families who will actually be moving into these homes.

Habitat works with local families in need to provide them with affordable housing, like Jill Shelton and her four children.

"It means a lot to me. I'm blessed to have a home," said Shelton.

Shelton says she is amazed to see so many people willing to come out and volunteer their time, all to build the home her family has been waiting years for.

"They've just been really wonderful and I'm so thankful for them for volunteering and being here for me," said Shelton.

"This is an opportunity to realize you can just sit back and give back to people in a meaningful way," said House.

The six recipient families will have to pay the mortgage on their new homes just like any other homeowner.

They've also been taking classes on budgeting and responsible home ownership.

The blitz build ended with a huge dedication ceremony on Friday, April 11 when the families were handed over the keys after the weeklong building blitz.

Yakesha McDaneil, mother of two was overjoyed to get the keys to her new home and thankful for the community’s support. McDaneil said, “All the volunteers were nice, and everyone put in 100%. I was tired afterwards, but it was a great opportunity to meet everyone who came to help me.”

This is the fourth year Knoxville Habitat has held a multi-house blitz build.

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