Sean Adams

Stories From Main Street: Morris County Habitat For Humanity Celebrates Completion Of 'Blitz Build'

June 18, 2018 - 5:58 am

MINE HILL, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- It was a herculean task.

As part of Habitat for Humanity's "Blitz Build," three homes were built in just 10 days in Mine Hill, New Jersey to raise awareness and to provide decent, safe and affordable homes for families in need.

"We are conducting a blitz build which is an accelerated build constructing three houses from the foundation up in 10 days, Blair Schleicher Bravo, head of Morris County's Habitat for Humanity, told WCBS 880's Sean Adams.

More than 150 volunteers came together to build the homes in Mine Hill, N.J.

On Saturday, June 16, the Morris Habitat for Humanity, along with Schleicher Bravo and hundreds of volunteers, celebrated the culmination of the project with home dedications and ribbon cuttings.

"We absolutely have an affordable housing crisis," said Schleicher Bravo. People in the middle class are getting squeezed out, she told Adams, and added that people with college degrees ... first-year teachers ... "even some of our police officers can't afford to live here." 

"I can't believe it's happening so quickly but we got plenty of volunteers," said new home recipient and former Army Paratrooper John Freudenberg. "I can't believe how many people are here today helping us out."

Half of the 150 volunteers were local but others came from around the country at their own expense, Adams reported. They're members of the group Blitz Homebuilders.  

"Oh my God, I am so excited. I'm very blessed," said single mother and home recipient Alba Yaneth Munos.

The secret to the quick builds is proper prior planning, Adams reported.