’55+ House’ Now Helping the Homeless

An IBS attendee takes a shapshot of the 55+ House during his tour.

More than 8,600 attendees at the International Builders’ Show toured the 55+ House as one of the collection of Professional Builder’s Show Village homes. Now, the show home has a new life.

The house was originally designed for Jim Chapman Communities in Atlanta, where it was a customer favorite. The modular builders at Nationwide Homes turned Chapman’s floor plan into modules that could easily be put together on the parking lot behind the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando to demonstrate the features that 55+ customers find attractive.

But the 55+ House story didn’t end there. After the show, the builders took apart the modules that made up the house, loaded them onto trucks and sent them off to Atlanta.

Jim Chapman (far right) at the ribbon-cutting.

Once they arrived, Chapman donated the house to a group that worked with HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity for the Greater Atlanta HBA. That group, Family Promise of Hall County, helps homeless families find stability by providing them with housing for 90 days while the family – supported by Family Promise – gets the support that will help them attain financial independence.

Family Promise raised $100,000 to transport and rebuild the home, which could have been sold for $300,000 in that market.

Last month, Chapman spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where he said he was “honored to be a part of the solution to help homeless children and their families regain stability in their lives.”


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