What is the Women Build?

Habitat’s National Women Build program recruits, educates, and inspires women to build and advocate for simple, decent, and affordable houses in their communities.

We will have more opportunities to build after the Women Build-sponsored house is kicked off — but we need your help fundraising first. Help the next home built by women for a family in need of decent, affordable housing by donating toward the cost of construction. Because of your generosity, mortgages are kept at an affordable rate for the family to purchase and thrive in the stable home. Give today.

Meet the 2018 Women Build Future Homeowner, Te’Asia P.

“Once everything is finished, I can look back and say, “I did this!” Once I’m finished, I will be happy and feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

– Te’Asia P.

Read Te’Asia’s Story

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  • Phase 1

    Homesite Selection

    Homeowner selects homesite from available Habitat lots. Homeowners are paired with their sponsor.

  • Phase 2

    Groundbreaking

    During the groundbreaking, the foundation is completed and the block work is laid.

  • Phase 3

    Crawl Space and Floor System

    Volunteers install moisture barrier and insulation in crawl space.

    For the floor system, the floor joists are installed, more foam insulation is filled in between joists and band boards, and OSB board is laid for the flooring. Black paper is laid on the two porches to help maintain longevity of the home.

  • Phase 4

    Walls

    Wall Prep: Volunteers build wall components  (king jack studs, California corners, headers, etc.) and lay out 2 x 4 location on the top and bottom plates of each wall.

    Wall Building: Wall components are nailed together on top and bottom plates with 2 x 4s. This is completed for both interior and exterior walls.

    Wall Raising: Volunteers raise, level, and secure the walls. Exterior walls go up first, followed by interior.

  • Phase 5

    Truss Prep

    OSB boards are laid on first and last trusses to attach siding.

  • Phase 6

    Internal Mechanics

    Plumbing, electric, insulation, and dry wall are installed.

  • Phase 7

    Doors and Windows

    Volunteers install windows and doors.

  • Phase 8

    Pre-insulation

    Pre-insulation is installed on exterior walls, doors, windows, ceiling, and floors. Baffles are put in to circulate airflow.

  • Phase 9

    Painting

    Volunteers paint the walls and ceiling. Corners and edges are cut out first, then roll the ceilings, and then the walls.

  • Phase 10

    Cabinets and Appliances

    Cabinets and counter tops installed.

    Later, refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washer & dryer are installed.

  • Phase 11

    Trim Work and Flooring

    Trim around windows and doors are completed. Interior doors are also installed. Vinyl and carpet are laid.

  • Phase 12

    Exterior Concrete

    Exterior concrete parking pad and sidewalks are poured.

  • Phase 13

    Yard Prep

    Yard is prepared for grass seed sewing.

  • Phase 14

    Dedication

    Homeowner and community members come together to bless and dedicate the home, complete with a ribbon cutting.