84 Lumber Supports Low-Income Home-building Charity Event with $25,000September 10th, 2019 by Editor
84 Lumber has donated $25,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s (Habitat) nationwide Home Builders Blitz event that occurs all this week. The annual event gathers thousands of professional builders together to build, repair and renovate homes in dozens of communities across the country to help give a decent place to live to families in need of affordable housing. This year’s event, that started on Monday, is expected to reach close to 230 homes across 30 states before it closes out Sept. 13.
“84 Lumber has a long history of partnering with Habitat for Humanity,” said Maggie Hardy, president of 84 Lumber. “Since 2004, we’ve made nearly $3 million in monetary and material donations to local Habitat organizations across the country, and it’s our honor to support this event for the first time.”
Raleigh, North Carolina-local homebuilder Tom Gipson prompted the start of his event in 2002 when he recruited 12 professional builders to build one house each in a five-day period with Habitat of Wake County. Since then, more than 2,200 professional builders have participated in the event.
According to the press release from 84 Lumber, 18 million Americans currently spend more than half their income on housing, often forcing them to choose between a safe place to live and other necessities like food and health care. By partnering with professional builders for Home Builders Blitz, Habitat offers them a chance to give back to their communities.
“Professional homebuilders are highly aware of the housing affordability challenges in their communities, and they’re looking for a meaningful way to address them,” said Adrienne Goolsby, Habitat for Humanity International vice president, United States and Canada. “We’re thankful to those builders joining Home Builders Blitz to make that impact in their communities.”