Habitat for Humanity Building 200 Homes Across Country

Eight homes being built in northern Collin County as part of effort

After the struggling economy postponed a massive nationwide build, Habitat for Humanity's Home Builders Blitz is back.

The group is building eight homes in northern Collin County -- seven in McKinney and one in Frisco -- as part of the 200-home national effort.

"No one in any part of the country is doing more homes than are being done right here in McKinney," blitz organizer Tom Gipson said.

Gipson said Habitat previously organized national builds of similar size in 2006 and 2008 but waited for years to restart the project because of struggles in the real estate market and building industry.

"It is a very, very difficult time for home builders," he said.

During the blitz, builders such as Noble Classic Homes donate labor, materials and time and coordinate subcontractors to finish Habitat homes.

The builder's director of construction management, Kim Isakson, is also the daughter of Habitat for Humanity founders Millard and Linda Fuller.

"Learning the importance of having a home on a family, seeing that my whole life and growing up with that made a huge impact on me," she said. "I think that's why I'm in construction today."

Noble Classic Homes worked on a house that soon will belong to Greshaun Perkins and her son and daughter. The family also devoted many hours to the project.

"It's also going to mean a new start for my children and I," Perkins said.

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