Women build Habitat home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Habitat for Humanity is celebrating National Women Build Week, a program that challenges women to help build affordable housing in their local communities.

The Kent County Habitat chapter is working on a Women Build project on Arianna Street in northwest Grand Rapids.

Members of the Women Build Steering Committee worked today alongside Luke, whose family will buy the home when it's completed. He and his wife have one child, with a second on the way. They've been waiting for over a year for their new home and, in the meantime, have been putting in sweat equity on other Habitat homes. This one will be completed in September.

J. Visser Design is a Grand Rapids-based residential design company. They donated the floor plan for this house and it will be used on multiple other homes. Habitat officials say they are in need of Women Build Steering Committee members because they're planning another project for next summer.

In the meantime, they've teamed up with Lowe's in Kentwood to do a home siding clinic. Traditionally they've hired outside companies to do their siding work, but they want to train volunteers to do it themselves.

If you'd like more information about how you can help, contact Habitat for Humanity of Kent County at habitatkent.org


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