Habitat Wake builds, moves house for family in need

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Habitat Wake builds, moves house for family in need
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The house was built at the NC fairgrounds and moved to a neighborhood

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Habitat for Humanity of Wake County took on a new challenge with a house build and a house move.

Partnering with Lowe's Home Improvement and the North Carolina State Fair, Habitat Wake organized, for the first time ever, a house build on the fairgrounds. Then they coordinated moving the home to its permanent lot in the Neuse Ridge community in east Raleigh, not far from New Hope Road.

The home was built with materials made in North Carolina or sold by North Carolina based companies. Habitat Wake dubbed it the "North Carolina House." The home was built in 10 days in the parking lot of the Governor James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex.

"We are grateful to the State Fair and Lowe's for leading the way in building the North Carolina House. Local support is critical to our mission," said Kevin Campbell, president and CEO of Habitat Wake. "The North Carolina House is a celebration of local support and will be a safe, affordable home and dream come true for this family."

Movers with Holden Moving started moving the home at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. It took more than six hours to get it into its lot. They got the home through traffic lights, around mailboxes, parked cars, and tree limbs.

The homeowners-to-be are Anayo Offina, Chinyere Okafor, and their two little boys. The couple is originally from Nigeria. They moved to the United States in 2012 after winning a visa lottery.

Chinyere Okafor, Anayo Offina and their two sons
photo courtesy the family

Their older son, Chisimdi, was born with a congenital heart defect. He spent his first eight months at Duke University Hospital.

"That hospital saved our son's life," said Okafor. She explained that they wanted to give back and be part of the hospital, so her husband Anayo found a job working for Duke University Hospital.

Chisimdi is now five years old. He, his parents, and his two-year-old brother, Kosarachi, live in a two-bedroom apartment. They say it's expensive and in an unsafe neighborhood.

The home is still sitting on the trailer and will be transferred onto jacks so crews can lay the foundation underneath. They hope to finish up work on the house to have the family move in by the end of November.

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