Imagine four affordable new homes built in five days! This was made possible thanks to a “Builders’ Blitz” organized by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando and Apopka Area based in Central Florida. Four local builders donated their time, talent and materials to build four homes for four new families in five days.
Orange County government played an important role in the project by providing $1.6 million to cover land acquisition and infrastructure development. The funds were provided as a grant from local general revenue funds and from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Orange County’s Building Division also offered on-site/on-call building inspectors to perform the numerous inspections needed to allow the completion of these homes in a very short period of time.
Arbor Bend is one of three affordable communities that Habitat for Humanity has developed in the Greater Orlando area and a fourth one is under way. The single-family homes range from three to four bedrooms and include energy efficient appliances and landscaped yards.
For the Habitat’s homebuyers, the journey to homeownership is challenging; they must complete many homeownership classes and at least 200 work hours with the organization. However, with rents for a one-bedroom apartment reaching now $1,000 per month in theOrlando area, these families know the sacrifice is well worth it. In the near future, another 34 low income homebuyers will call Arbor Bend in South Apopka their new home thanks to this innovative public and private partnership.
Photos and story courtesy of Orange County, Florida