Home Builders Blitz 2018

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Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, in partnership with the Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association, built three homes in five days on 12th St. NE in Cedar Rapids June 4-8, 2018!

This weeklong project dates back to 2002 when Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, North Carolina, part­nered with local homebuilder Tom Gipson to build 12 Habitat homes in five days. That idea quickly spread across the country and Cedar Valley Habitat orchestrated their first Home Builders Blitz a decade later. 

Home Builders Blitz 2018 took place across 31 states this year to construct or repair more than 250 homes with the help of professional homebuilders, bringing Habitat for Humanity International to a total of more than 2,100 homes impacted since this program began in 2006.

Habitat and homeowners aren’t the only ones who benefit from Home Builders Blitz. Homebuilders deepen ties to their community, allowing them to collaborate with other builders in their area, to connect with subcontractors and to incorporate other corporate sponsors in the homebuilding industry who share their company’s values.


Many thanks to the Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association and our local lead builders: 

Gold Hammer Sponsors include: 
City of Cedar Rapids • Hills Bank & Trust • Housing Fund for Linn County

Silver Hammer Sponsors include: 
Ohnward Bank & Trust 

Bronze Hammer Sponsors include: 
D.C. Taylor Co. • Dupaco Community Credit Union • Honkamp Krueger & Co. • Van Meter Inc. 


Our local builders, sub-contractors and suppliers have made it all possible. Thank you!


[one_third]ABC Supply
Advance Millwork
Advanced Custom Counters
Ahmann Design
All Clear
All Eastern Iowa Seamless Gutter
Allan Custom Homes
Allied Building Products
Allied Glass
Antioch Christian Church
Arctic Insulation
A Tech Beam Team
Atlas Roofing
Avalon Design
A-Z Homecare
Bennett Painting
Blackford Construction
Blue Grass Enterprises
Brain Engineering
Brian Prokop Painting
The Cabinet Gallery
Cabinet Studio
Cantebury Kitchens
Cascade Manufacturing Company
Cedar Rapids Lumber
Cedar Rapids Millwork
Cedar Ridge Homes
Cedar Valley Habitat ReStore
City of Cedar Rapids
Coonrod Crane Service
Culver’s Lawn & Landscape
D.C. Taylor Co.
Don Wheeler
Dorsey’s Floors
Duball Electric
Dupaco Community Credit Union
Ed Williams Construction
Emerson Hardware
Ferguson Enterprises
Five Seasons Insulation
5 Star Plumbing [/one_third] [one_third]Fosters Heating and Air Conditioning
Foundation Building Materials
Four Star Roofing
GAF Materials Corporation
Glass Concepts
Gleason Electric
Glick Construction
Greater Cedar Rapids Housing & Building Association
H&H Drywall
Hall Lending Group
Heartwood Expressions
Hills Bank & Trust
Home Appliance
Honkamp Krueger & Co.
House of Carpets
Housing Fund for Linn County
Hughes Nursery & Landscaping
Iowa Valuation Professionals
Jamie’s Floors
Jennifer Skogman
Jim Sattler
Jim Sattler Custom Homes
Joe Sattler
John Helm Siding
Justin Lubbock
Kelly Concrete
Kevin Slaman
King’s Material
Kirkwood Community College
Klinger Paint Company
Klingler Painting & Decorating
Kuehl Construction
Leslie Allred
LITE Window & Door
Lowe’s Home Improvement
MacArthur Co.
Manseau Floors
Martin Marietta
McGrath Powersports
Melissa Olson
Menefee Drywall
Midwest Carpets[/one_third] [one_third]Moen
Nailed It Construction
Novak Electric
Ogden & Adams Lumber
Ohnward Bank & Trust
Ollinger Doors
Paul Brundell
Port ‘O’ Jonny
Precision Drywall
Preferred Energy Consultants
Price Electric
Professional Plumbing Services
Prolawn Plus
RAM Plumbing
Randy Parks
Rathje Construction
Republic Abstract & Settlement
Republic Services
ReVosWel Truss & Lumber
Robison Construction
Sattler Homes & Remodeling
Schneider Electric
Schumacher Carpets
Scratch & Dent Appliance Warehouse
Skogman Homes
Space Options
Star Equipment
Stetson Building Products
Suburban Lumber
TM Home Renovations
Tom Takes
Tomlinson Cannon
Tru Team
Van Meter Inc.
Wes Howard
Windows by Pella
Woodharbor Design
Xtreme Construction [/one_third]


Does Habitat give homes away for free? 
Habitat does not give houses away. Potential Habitat homeowners go through a selection process to see if they qualify. Applicants must demonstrate that they can partner with us in order to qualify, which includes the ability to pay an affordable mortgage, being willing to take financial training classes and being ready to contribute hundreds of hours of sweat equity, including the construction of their own house. 


Photos from our 2018 Home Builders Blitz


Updated: 6/12/2018 Added 2018 photos and modified text.