Habitat For Humanity Building Home At Tulsa State Fair

Friday, October 1st 2010, 6:11 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- For the first time, Habitat for Humanity is building a house out at the Tulsa State Fair.

The house will be almost done by the end of the fair. It will then be moved and finished in another couple of weeks.

The finished product will belong to Dena Butler.  Butler said she can't believe that it's going to be hers.

Emory Bryan, The News On 6: What do you think of your house being built at the fair?

Dena Butler, Habitat Homeowner: It's awesome, it's different, everybody gets to see it being built.

Butler will soon be a new habitat homeowner. To qualify, she has to work on homes for others and on her own home, and she'll have a no interest mortgage.

The house will have three bedrooms It's being built on blocks to make it easier to move to its permanent address. It's the first time Habitat has attempted to build a house at the fair. They'll have it open for tours around the construction.

"It's just a great way to let people know about poverty housing in our community and that they can do something about it," said Jane Dunbar, Tulsa Habitat For Humanity.

It's also a practical exercise for the volunteers from Hilti, who get a chance to use the tools they manufacture for construction. By the end of the fair, they'll have the house fully built: wired, plumbed and insulated, with the inside ready to finish.

"The outside will be 90 percent complete. The inside we'll have ready for drywall," Matt Schaefer, Hilti Volunteer.