PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley (NRV) partnered up with students from the Giles County Technical Center in order to tackle the affordable housing crisis in Pulaski County.

Throughout each school year, the partnership builds homes for families who are in need of help with housing. Seven of the homes are in Giles County, but the eighth one was moved to Pulaski County on Friday, Aug. 12.

WFXR News’ Kelsey Jean-Baptiste was on site of the build all morning. Movers loaded the first half of the structure at Giles Tech Center at 1827 Wenonah Avenue in Pearisburg, then delivered it to 609 Henry Avenue in Pulaski. The move was repeated for the second half of the home.

Habitat for Humanity of the NRV says to complete construction, it will have students from the Pulaski County Area Tech Center and volunteers from the T.G. Howard Community working on the home.

“It gives the students hands-on experience building a house, which is always awesome,” said Kiedeel Harroff, the Habitat for Humanity of the NRV assistant project manager.

She explains that Habitat for Humanity supplies materials. Then, once the students complete their portion of the build, the house is moved to a property where it will become an affordable home for a family.

Typically 12 to 17 students will work on the homes. According to Harroff, building these affordable homes is a necessity in communities like Pulaski.

(Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

“When we look in this area, there is a lack of affordable housing. It’s great for families who want to actually own their own house one day. It gets them on the right trajectory to doing that,” said Harroff.

However, for Habitat for Humanity, this partnership is not the only way it plans to tackle the affordable housing crisis.

“We are trying to expand this program to other high schools in the area. This upcoming school year, we will be working with Pulaski County High School, building a similar high school on site,” Jeffrey Walls, the Habitat for Humanity of the NRV construction program manager, said.

Walls says the organization is looking to expand multiple high schools in the area to give students the experience of giving back.

“It’s great for the students to learn and get actual experience that will be someone’s home for many years to come,” said Walls.

Once the three bedroom and two bathroom energy-efficient home is complete, it will be equipped with earth craft specs and solar panels on the roof to keep energy costs as low as possible.

Upon completion, the home will be available for purchase for qualifying families with 30% to 80% of the median income in Pulaski.

Applications for residents are currently being accepted. For more information, go to the Habitat for Humanity of the NRV website.