Eight families will come closer to their dreams of home ownership Saturday, April 28 when they raise the walls on one of the homes to be built during the Nationwide Home Builders Blitz 2012. McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller will officiate and announce the partnership between the city and North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC-Habitat) in the “Together We Serve” initiative to improve properties in distressed areas in East McKinney.
The event is open to the public and attendees can meet the eight families chosen to receive the homes. The emotional wall-raising ceremony is a tradition in Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the world and unifies families, sponsors and volunteers in the project.
The wall raising begins at 10 a.m. at 313 Carver Street in McKinney. Parking is available at 200 Carver St. Following the ceremony, the families will gather at the NCC-Habitat office for a barbecue and the opportunity to select window coverings for their new homes from JCPenney.
In addition to the construction of eight homes, several in the targeted area will undergo exterior renovations and volunteers are needed to help with clearing brush, building walks and ramps, painting and making repairs.
NCC-Habitat, now in its 20th year of providing housing for eligible North Collin County families, is constructing the largest number of homes in the US of any participating Habitat for Humanity. The homes are located in McKinney and Frisco.
Major contributors to the effort include: Darling Homes, K Hovnanian Homes, Noble Classic Homes, Rod Wede Signature Homes, Knight Custom Homes, Veranda Designer Homes, Construction and Remodel of North Texas, First Baptist Churches of Frisco and McKinney, High Pointe Church of Christ, Trinity Presbyterian Church, St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Community, Stonebriar Community Church, City of Frisco, McKinney Noon Lions Club, Frisco Rotary, City of McKinney, Mustang Technology Group, Viewpoint Bank, Lions Club International, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, McKinney Community Development Corporation Creekwood United Methodist Church and Simpson Strong-Tie.
In addition, a large number of businesses, restaurants and tradespeople are donating labor, materials, food, water and other items to the effort. If you are interested in participating in Blitz 2012, please contact NCC-Habitat at 972-542-5300.
City of McKinney Kicks off City of Service Initiative
McKinney joins the national Cities of Service initiative with a collaborative housing initiative. Cities of Service is a coalition of mayors who have committed to work together to engage citizens to address pressing city needs through impact volunteerism.
On Saturday, April 28, North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCCHFH) will hold a wall raising ceremony at 10 a.m. at 313 Carver St. The event also marks the kick-off the City of McKinney’s Cities of Service program, called Together We Serve, McKinney.
Cities of Service was started by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in September 2009 and has been followed by 100 other member cities. The national program, which McKinney joined in 2010, enlists communities to identify areas of need and formulate a service plan focused on increased volunteerism to meet those local needs.
McKinney received a grant from OneStar Foundation to provide consulting support for the development of a high impact service plan. Meetings were held with a group of key community leaders who identified three challenges for McKinney: education, transportation and housing. The Together We Serve, McKinney program is addressing housing first, joining together public and private entities, and many volunteers to build houses for seven deserving families through Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers will also complete minor home repair projects throughout the community.
“One of the most enduring qualities that we have as a community is the willingness of our citizens to step up when called upon to volunteer their time and talents here in McKinney. Many organizations already benefit from a tremendous support group right here in our city. Together We Serve builds on that network and formerly brings many resources together so we can make an even bigger impact,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller.
Seven homes will be built from framing to finish during the week-long Blitz Build from June 4-8, in addition to other housing and neighborhood revitalization projects. Some construction starts early in May, and the project culminates with a Blitz Build dedication ceremony on June 9. Home Builders Blitz 2012 is a partnership between Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide and the local building community.