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Habitat Finishes 8-House Goal in 11 Days

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

July 28, 2013

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville set a goal to frame eight homes in 11 days to create the Belmont Cottages off of Avon Street.

The construction team has never made that ambitious of a goal before, but on Sunday, Day 11, they accomplished that goal.

"I rode by one time and there was nothing. Then I rode by and the sides were up and I was like, 'Wow!" said Alicia Anderson, a partner family who will be living in one of the Belmont Cottages.

Eleven days ago, Anderson helped lay the foundation of the next chapter of her life.

"Literally putting the insulation in, I mean, literally doing the foundation, so it was just amazing," she said.

On Sunday, Alicia's home and seven others are completely framed, reaching a new goal for Habitat for Humanity.

It was more than 200 helping hands that made it all happen. Most volunteers don't have much construction skill or have done anything like build a house.

"It's time, it really is. To have a nice decent home, to come home to and be happy about my home and put money into it you know," said Anderson.

For five years she's been a single mother raising her three daughters in an apartment. But in December, they'll have what she's always wanted.

"They get their own space and they get to grow up in a house where you know it's built from the ground up, it's brand new, so they'll never have to worry about moving they can come home to mom, you know. I can get older and they can move back in and take care of me," Anderson said, laughing.

"Come Christmastime, we'll have a Christmas tree up and all boxes, but I'm so excited. It's going to be the best Christmas ever."

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