Habitat for Humanity & Build-A-Block

Rotarians from District 7710 helped support Habitat for Humanity of Wake County as part of Build-A-Block, a collaboration among the Habitat Campus Chapter at NC State University, corporate and community partners, Habitat Wake, and home buyers to build 11 safe, affordable townhomes on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh. This project is the largest partnership in the country between a campus chapter and a Habitat affiliate.

The 11 homes are being built in partnership with hardworking, low-income families who have contributed 200 sweat equity hours building their homes, contributed $1,700 to closing costs and will pay an affordable mortgage, which totals no more than 30 percent of their income.

Construction began in September 2016 with the first 5 families moving in to their homes in early 2017. Construction on the final 6 units will be complete in June with their families moving in very soon.

The project benefited from support from Rotarians in several ways including West Raleigh Rotarian, Mike Giancola, serving as the co-chair for the project along with student Sarah Paluskiewicz. The Rotary Club of West Raleigh was a Nickel Hammer sponsor and the North Raleigh Rotary Club helped support lunch for the volunteers on the worksite. Our Youth Exchange students, along with their host families, and members of their host clubs volunteered on the worksite in February.

To learn more about the historic project and make a donation to help push it across the finish line, visit go.ncsu.edu/buildablock

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