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Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Ellendale Home to be Built in One Week

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ELLENDALE, Del.- During Habitat for Humanity's Home Builders Blitz, builders donate their time, skills, materials and funds to build hundreds of affordable homes across the country.

D.R. Horton, Inc., and more than 30 local contractors, are donating time and materials to build a Sussex County Habitat for Humanity home in just over four days. Construction began on Monday and the project is on schedule to be complete by Friday. 

Executive Director Kevin Gilmore says Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz with D.R. Horton, Inc. aims to raise awareness for affordable housing. 

Gilmore says every minute counts for the skilled laborers, contractors and subcontractors on the project. "They know exactly what they're doing and they can work fast and do it well at the same time," he says. 

The energy-efficient, one-story Ellendale home will provide four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an attic and a conditioned crawl space to Yonta Clanton and her three children. The family lives in Laurel right now. Clanton says she found out about the blitz house two months ago and she never would have guessed that it would be hers. 

"I was just surprised," says Clanton. "This is just a blessing. I didn't know this was going to be my house." 

The contractors have to put in long hours to build the home in just one week. They're on the job before 7 a.m. most days and they don't stop working until after sunset. Crews will work overnight Tuesday to install the drywall.

"They'll be sleeping in the vans and getting out once the mud or material is dry," says D.R. Horton, Inc. Production Manager Shawn Waters. "That way it'll be ready in the morning to trim the house."

The home will be dedicated to its future owner Friday at noon. 

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