The Altman Companies Begins Home Builders Blitz On Habitat Home


Staff report

The clock began ticking mid-February when The Altman Companies broke ground on constructing a brand new Habitat for Humanity home in Delray Beach.

The nationally recognized developer is behind the 2019 Home Builders Blitz, which means the entire home including foundation, walls, roof, plumbing, flooring, air conditioning and kitchen cabinetry must be completed in under a month.

“Over the past 50 years, we’ve developed and assembled a portfolio of rental properties that has redefined the Exceptional Living Experience in Florida and across the country,” said Joel Altman, Chairman of The Altman Companies. “It is our pleasure to carry that exceptional living experience onto those who need it most.”

On a rainy morning, the ground breaking on the home, which will be built for single mother and registered nurse Micheline Michel and her 14-year-old son Menchely, began.

The home will be three-bedrooms and two-bathrooms when completed. To make it possible, The Altman Companies donated more than $180,000 in materials and professional labor.

The homeowner Micheline Michel has been a part of the Habitat Homeowner Program for seven years. She said she looks forward to becoming an ambassador in her new community, cooking many meals to share with her family and maintaining a garden.

Her son is in the orchestra at school and is a member of his church’s choir.

The annual blitz build is a national tradition that began in 2002 in Wake County, North Carolina. A total of 12 homes were built in just five days.

“Our homeowners aren’t the only ones who benefit from our local Home Builders Blitz,” said Jeff Fengler, HFHSPBC Director of Construction. “Through the Habitat Home Builders Blitzes, commercial and residential construction leaders strengthen ties to their community by engaging their subcontractors and vendors who share their company’s values.”