Homes are going up in a hurry on narrow Elliott Drive, as dozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers join professionals and the eventual homeowners for a “build-a-thon” on seven townhomes and an existing house a few blocks from McCambridge Park.
On Saturday, Bavlos Boutros, an after-school supervisor who lives in Burbank, was sweeping the wooden subfloor on the second story of the townhome structure when he pointed toward the far end of the building, where sheets of insulation rested against the skeletal frames of walls yet to be finished.
“That will be my unit,” Boutros said.”By the time it’s done, it will be better than that.”
Boutros is one of eight applicants selected by Habitat for Humanity to move in later this year. The families, chosen on criteria including need, community ties and completion of a homeownership training program, also are required to put in 500 “sweat equity” hours of labor.