SOURCE: Classic Homes of Maryland

September 18, 2008 07:00 ET

Local Builder Builds Free Home for Struggling Family Despite Time of Real Estate Market Troubles

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - September 18, 2008) - Even during a time of instability for the real estate industry, with builders going bankrupt and trades losing business, Classic Homes of Maryland decided to build a free home for the Jackson Family of 15 when approached by "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" in June. They wanted to do their part to help this deserving family. In four days, with the help of their partners, vendors, subcontractors, and hundreds of volunteers, Classic Homes built the 4,800 square foot colonial home for Ms. Felicia Jackson and her 14 children. This build is featured as the two-hour season premiere episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which airs on September 28, 2008 at 7pm.

Four years ago, Felicia Jackson made a promise on her sister's deathbed to keep all 10 of her nieces and nephews together. With that one act of kindness in 2004, Felicia went from being the mother of 4 to a single mother of 14. Felicia has been supporting all 14 children by working as a security guard at a mall. Unable to afford and find permanent housing, this family of 15 had been living in a hotel since December. Felicia was told that if she didn't find appropriate housing soon, she would have to split the children up within the foster care system. With the community behind her story and fight for self-sufficiency, the community deeded her a piece of land with a small 5 bedroom house that was unlivable and in need of major repairs. Felicia could not afford these renovations since she was raising and taking care of 14 growing children ranging in age from 4 to 18. Classic Homes of Maryland heard her story and offered to build her a new home, removing the old one altogether.

Classic Homes built the home in Poolesville, MD in four continuous days with the help of their partners, vendors, subcontractors, and hundreds of volunteers. The brick-front home required the labor of 30 bricklayers working simultaneously laying each brick by hand. Classic Homes' 60 or so framers worked thru the day and night and framed the entire home ahead of schedule -- in less than one day. The crowds cheered as the roof was laid on top by huge machinery.

"We didn't think it was possible to build a home in less than a week. When we heard Ms. Jackson's story, we felt we must try. She was our inspiration," says VP of Classic Homes, Amita Jain.

Watch this amazing build on the season premiere episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on Sunday, September 28th at 7pm.

About Classic Homes of Maryland

Classic Homes of Maryland, based in Rockville, Maryland, builds affordable, high-quality homes on its customers land. Customers choose from a wide variety of home designs, finding a plan that is the perfect fit for their lot and their lifestyle. For more information, visit or call 301-251-2001.

About ABC-TV's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has won back-to-back Emmy Awards as Best Reality Program (non-competitive), is entering its 6th season on ABC. The program is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. Anthony Dominici is the executive producer; and David Goldberg is the president of Endemol USA.

Contact Information

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    Amita Jain
    Classic Homes of Maryland
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