The holidays are not always just about getting gifts or buying consumer items. In some cases, people still get together to make good things happen for their community. That’s the case in the video, “Female construction crews build homes for charity” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OozTiBEbBk4 ). Originally put out in May 2017, the video highlights the work of a local San Diego group that has affiliated with Habitat for Humanity to help build functional, usable homes for families in need.
As one microcosm of a nationwide effort, the San Diego project highlighted is a prime example of how fast a community can come together and build a new home when the resources and people are focused on the given goal in a coordinated fashion.
The unique aspect of the San Diego project was that the entire construction crew, 60 women, helped build the new home. All of the volunteers already worked in the construction industry, but the effort was still a coordinated push that combined both the building of the home as well as managing a charity drive that pulled together $150,000 to support local needs. Habitat for Humanity supported and affiliated with women builders throughout the weekend on the project and, ultimately, a family had a new home all their own by the time it was done.
The Habitat for Humanity projects are unique because they produce real results very quickly that are high quality and don’t take long commitments. Aside from the building material, the main issue with construction tends to be the labor.
When a project gets going with Habitat for Humanity, it literally brings in an army to construction and finish a singular home, including the concrete paving companies. The result ends up being a new home built in about a week, just as well as a standard construction. The time cut down is made possible through expedited permitting with the local city and jurisdiction planning agencies, all of which is taken care of before the first day of construction happens.
This is a very different approach than the normal build process which goes in phases, permits, more phases, permits and so on.
While the San Diego project and women builder team may happen once a year or every few years, Habitat for Humanity has been at work providing new homes across the country since the early 1980s. The results have produced new homes for thousands of families, giving them a leg up in stability.