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Building Tucson, one nail at a time

Posted at 6:02 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-21 21:07:39-04
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - What to many is the simple sound of a hammer hitting a nail, to others the sound may mean so much more.
"It's the sound of progress in our community."
Habitat for Humanity Tucson is taking the "build a new home" initiative to a whole a new level.
With the launch of their "blitz build", a high-energy construction of four new homes in only eight days.
"It helps break the cycle of poverty for families that wouldn't normally be able to purchase a home."
Dozens of sponsors and  volunteers from Tucson, all over the country and the world helped hammer nails, cut wood, and put up walls.
Volunteer Karen King says, "We want to be a part of this community, help some families own a home and have a house that is safe."
All in an effort to increase homeownership in Tucson, a percentage that city leaders say is far below compared to others in the country.
Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says, "I truly believe that home ownership is a core value in building a community we all want."
The four homes are expected to be up and running next week and volunteers say they hope "blitz build" helps many get a step closer to happiness.
"It is a dream and we are glad to be a part of making people's dreams come true," said King.