More than a dozen volunteers spent their Friday working together to build a new home for a family in Charleston. BrickStreet Insurance teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha and Putnam county for a third year to work on the project.
Work started at 8 a.m. Friday. Volunteers worked inside, avoiding the rain, to hang drywall throughout the house. By 4 p.m., the walls inside the home were all nailed in place. Some volunteer said they appreciate working for a company that gives back to the community.
“It means a lot because not only is this going to be my community, so I’m helping my neighbors. My neighbors are going to be living in this house soon. Just helping out. You know, people helped me get my home and of course I had to help build on my own home. It’s just a way to bring the community together.” – Michael, Habitat Homeowner & Volunteer
As well as donating time, the Brickstreet Foundation donated $3,500 to go toward supplies and future house builds.
“It is really important to have community partners like BrickStreet, but also to be blessed with additional funds to pay for construction materials – that’s a double blessing.” – Bill Andreas, Habitat for Humanity Development Director
You can click here to see our current volunteer opportunities – and register online – or call the Volunteer Hotline (304-720-4470) to learn more about how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity. You can also e-mail our volunteer coordinator, Susan Keener, for more information – Susan@hfhkp.org.
We’re working with a couple right now to give them a hand up and get them Home By Autumn.
The couple and their children live in an unsafe part of town in an overcrowded apartment. The building is not a safe haven for kids. There is consistent foot and car traffic outside the main entrance. The family was beginning to lose hope of finding an affordable home after years of bouncing around in small, expensive and problem-ridden apartments.
“I was tired of renting things that would never be mine. It’s difficult and tiring to have to move all of the time.”
Then, one conversation changed the family’s life. They were told about Habitat for Humanity from friends that had attended our regular open-house events. The couple researched the requirements, put in an application and are now approved to earn and own a home of their own.
Both parents tell us that they are proud to be able to provide their family with a more stable environment. “The entire family is excited! My kids don’t have to worry about moving every year or six months when the lease on our apartment ends.”
All of the family members have been working hard to earn their 500 hours of “sweat equity.” As with all of our future homeowners, the family must work towards owning their home before we offer them a zero-interest mortgage. They do this by volunteering on construction crews, working in our ReStores in Charleston and Teays Valley, and volunteering in our administrative office. The kids even get involved by making artwork for our construction volunteers.
Now, it’s almost time for them to have a home to call their own, but construction isn’t done yet.
This is where you come in! As they embark on their final steps toward a move in date, we invite you to help them by donating to the completion of their home.
Join us now by giving to our first Home By Autumn campaign.
Decent, Affordable & Yours!
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity for a decent, affordable home does not mean compromising on quality. All of the houses that we work with homebuyers to build meet all current building codes, and some of the construction materials exceed those standards. Habitat for Humanity saves you money by offering a zero-interest mortgage. Our mortgages are affordable because we use mostly volunteer labor and some construction materials are donated. In the end, you get the final say in the look of your future home. Our homebuyer partners choose the exterior siding, kitchen countertops, flooring and deck stain on all new construction.
Habitat for Humanity houses save you money.
Our homes are energy efficient. The walls are insulated with R-13, three and a half inch fiberglass. We use a high-quality fiber cement siding on the exterior. It comes with a 15 year warranty and is far more durable than vinyl siding. Habitat houses also offer 30 year architectural shingles. When it comes to the walls inside your future home, we don’t cut corners – we reinforce them. We always build using 2×4 walls and then hang half-inch drywall. All of the quality materials we use in construction give our house walls a total R Value of 22.
Other energy-efficient features of Habitat for Humanity houses include:
- R-38 Blow-in attic insulation
- 3” closed-cell high performance spray insulation under subfloor preventing outside air infiltration – sealing floors completely from moisture
- High-efficiency central heating and cooling system designed for minimal outside air filtration
- Argon filled, Low E Insulated Vinyl Windows
Habitat for Humanity works with homebuyers to make homeownership manageable.
Our houses use arc-fault circuit breakers and outdoor GFCI outlets. Each house is pre-wired for future updates and customization. The water lines throughout our houses use an innovative PEX water system. PEX water lines are single pipes without joints – eliminating places where leaks can occur. All of the PEX piping we use in our houses are connected to a single manifold that is the hub of the plumbing system. The central water manifold distributes the house’s hot and cold water supply in the same way that an electrical panel distributes electricity. Each house has a minimum of a 40-gallon hot water tank.
The houses that Habitat for Humanity works with homebuyers to build are built for convenience and long term durability.
Each house is built with a covered porch. Each house has a washer and dryer hookup. The inside of our houses feature spacious, 40-inch wide closets in each bedroom. We work to put in as much storage as possible – with added storage space in the bathrooms. Each bathroom is outfitted with a seamless shower and bathtub combination that minimizes places for mildew – reducing cleaning time. For added convenience we use Panasonic Whisper Quiet® bathroom exhaust fans. For added security we use steel front and rear entry doors that are all keyed the same and include deadbolts for added reinforcement.
During construction, the land that the house is being built on is graded to drain water away from the house’s foundation. Proper drainage reduces the likelihood of foundation problems, mold and odors. After construction, we landscape and seed the lawn. Proper landscaping can prevent sewer issues and provides the added bonus of blocking wind and sun – adding to the overall energy efficiency of the house. We also make sure each of our houses have ample parking space. Habitat houses all have off-street parking for two vehicles.
Habitat homeowners say they feel like they are getting a quality home that is built to last. That’s because Habitat for Humanity builds homes that are decent and affordable without cutting corners. We’re proud to stand by the homes we work with our partners to build.
To date, we have built more than 150 homes in the Kanawha Valley, and we’re building more right now.
If you would like to apply for partnership with Habitat for Humanity, CLICK HERE to take our short pre-qualification quiz — or call Anne Plott, Homeownership Program Director, at 304-720-0141 ext. 12.