Habitat for Humanity hosted its fifth annual CEO Build in Durham for the first time. About 35 CEOs from around the Triangle gathered to lend a hand with a three-house building project on Angier Avenue. This project is a collaboration among the Habitats of Wake, Durham and Orange counties to tackle one common problem: lack of affordable housing.The event raises funds to build one house in each county. Since the CEO Build’s inception in 2011, the companies have sponsored and built homes for 11 families.
Blake Strayhorn, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Durham, is most excited to bring this Habitat group to northeast central Durham, where they can focus on an area Mayor Bill Bell has declared a battlefield in the fight against poverty. “Many of these CEOs become passionate advocates for Habitat and often bring back employees from their own company to participate in future projects,” Blake says.
Over the next few months, volunteers from the participating companies will pick up where their CEOs left off. In lieu of a down payment, each partner homebuyer contributes sweat equity hours helping volunteers and Habitat staff build their future homes.