"We've worked on disaster areas quite a lot," Carter said. "We've seen how places have to be prepared for the next natural disaster. Residents in the New Orleans area raised all their homes up 3.5 ft. Here, they are raising them 9 ft."
The build was a part of the 30th anniversary of Build Day, when communities of volunteers around the country work to rebuild communities. This year, large builds happened in Denver, Oakland, San Jose, New York City and Union Beach. The New Jersey stop rounded out a week of building for the volunteers.
"People tell me where to drive the nail and I drive it where I'm told," Carter said. The former President was seen hauling walls, helping volunteers build a second floor and receiving directions from his wife.
"I've always worked under the supervision of my wife, Rosalynn."
The Carter family became involved with Habitat after leaving the White House, and have brought the organization international.
Habitat for Humanity of Monmouth County is still accepting applications from homeowners in the area in need of assistance after the storm. Residents can find information online a habitatmonmouth.org.