By Nick Gilbert
US based Ryland Homes has announced that it will construct Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to be located in Savage, MN. This construction is part of Habitat’s Home Builders Blitz 2012 initiative conducted across the nation.
Ryland Homes is building a Habitat home for the 2012 Builders Blitz next to this home going up in Savage, MN right
The focus of this year’s initiative is to use the talents and abilities of professional builders for the construction and restoration of over 200 homes in 100 different communities.
It is estimated that Ryland Homes will contribute through materials, waived fees and labour amounting to $145,000. Construction of the house is likely to commence by May of this year. The Habitat Builders Blitz model was first carried out in North Carolina during 2002. Ever since this time various builders have collaborated with Habitat and its affiliates for the construction of more than 860 homes across the country. The Twin Cities affiliate is responsible for the building and selling of 60 homes to working or low income families in a year. The affiliate also provides assistance to 140 low income home builders in repairing their current homes. Under this program, Habitat homeowners repay the interest-free mortgage from Habitat and also take up homeownership training courses. Apart from this, they also contribute “sweat equity” hours as volunteers for Habitat.
Ryland Homes has completed the construction of 3,664 homes since 2011 and has completed construction of 295,000 homes since its inception 45 years back.
According to Mike DeVoe, Division President of the Twin Cities for Ryland Homes, both Habitat and Ryland are dedicated to providing quality homes to homeowners who can reduce the maintenance and energy costs.