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M/I Homes breaks ground on Benefit home in Bridgeland

May 5, 2019

M/I Homes and the Howard Hughes Corporation recently broke ground on a 2019 Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Benefit home. M/I Homes is donating construction and Howard Hughes is donating the lot in the Cypress community of Bridgeland. M/I Homes is building their Roseville plan.

Each year two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated land, construction management, materials, labor and services by GHBA members. These homes are constructed with upgrade materials and features and are sold at market value. Proceeds from the sale are donated to two local charities. The beneficiaries are HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the project began 39 years ago, more than $11 million has been raised.

M/I Homes Inc. is one of the nation’s leading builders of single-family homes, having sold more than 111,400 homes. Bridgeland is an 11,400-acre master planned community that has been consistently ranked one of the top-selling master planned communities in Texas throughout its 12-year history.

“The groundbreaking for this Benefit home brings together two industry professionals who share the same vision, to build a home that, when sold, will bring tremendous joy to the homebuyer while providing much needed funds to two deserving charities,” said John Williams, president of the GHBA.

More than 50 guests gathered at Bridgeland’s Welcome Center to help mark the official groundbreaking of the second Benefit Home in 2019. In attendance from M/I Homes and expressing appreciation to the vendors for their commitments to contribute to the home’s construction was Jay McManus, area president. From the Howard Hughes Corporation was Heath Melton, senior vice president. Representing the GHBA were John Williams, president and Casey Morgan, CEO. Guest speakers were Patrick Mayhan, president of HomeAid Houston and Lee Kirgan, vice president project management for Operation Finally Home.

Kirgan was also accompanied by two veterans who had returned from duty and were recipients of OFH’s program that provides mortgage-free homes to service memberswho were wounded or ill as a result of their service, and their families. These veterans shared their appreciation for the generosity of the charity and the builder/developers.

Guests then broke ground with more than a dozen golf shovels to signal the beginning of construction of M/I Homes Roseville plan.

Vendors who attended included: Williams Insulation, GE Appliances, Long Star Air Systems, Amailey Plumbing, Allpoints Surveying, Flooring Services, 84 Lumber Co. and Builders Post Tension.

“At Howard Hughes, two core values of our DNA are Building for the Future and Being Creators of Culture,” said Melton. “The GHBA Benefit Homes Project is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to these values through donating our sixth homesite in Bridgeland since its inception. We are extremely inspired by organizations, like the GHBA who unite the homebuilding industry to support such great charities like HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home.”

A second Benefit home is currently under construction. Chesmar broke ground in February on their 2,746-square-foot Mesquite plan that is a two-story design featuring four bedrooms with a fifth bedroom/study option, three full baths, walk-in closets, a game room, an island kitchen and a two-story open family room off the kitchen. The home is being built on a lot in NorthGrove, located off FM 2978 in Magnolia, in southern Montgomery County. Toll Brothers, the community’s developer, donated the homesite.

For more information on the Greater Houston Builders Association Benefit Homes Project, call the GHBA at 281-970-8970 or visit www.ghba.org.

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