Habitat For Humanity opens two new homes, plans more work

Two East Tennessee families are proud homeowners after moving into their new houses.

The Blount County Habitat for Humanity dedicated two houses Tuesday in Alcoa, and threw a block party to celebrate.

Habitat For Humanity built every house in the neighborhood. The organization says these homes are just the beginning.

"We brought in a whole other level. This is different from what we normally do. We don't normally do the two-tone siding or the nice pillars, and so, by bringing this in, it's saying to the community, 'hey, we're going to invest in your area, your neighborhood,' so we're going use that as a starting point for more work to come," said Tony Gibbons, president of Blount County Habitat for Humanity.

Four of the seven houses in this subdivision are LEED certified, which means they are more energy efficient, reducing monthly utility bills by 20-30 percent. They are the first certified houses in the county.


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