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Habitat for Humanity Finishes New Home for Family of Six
Habitat for Humanity Finishes New Home for Family of Six

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas dedicated its 85th home in the Las Vegas Valley Tuesday.

The home was built near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Lake Mead Boulevard.  It belongs to Christine Brown and her five children. Money for the home was provided by several businesses and corporations. The land was provided by the North Las Vegas Neighborhood Stabilization Program. It the first home funded by Habitat for Humanity's annual "Home for the Holidays" fundraiser. Brown is a single mother and having the new home will allow her to save money for her children's education. 
"My son's going to go to college. He's going to Dixie State so that's going to open up an opportunity where I'm going to be able to help him and pay for his college and so that way he can further his education and further his career," said Brown. 
Dozens of volunteers worked to build the house and like all Habitat for Humanity homeowners Brown had to invest 300 hours of sweat equity into her home.
"One thing that people don't really know about Habitat for Humanity is the homeowners really have to invest a lot of time and they actually have to pay a mortgage. It is a 0 percent interest mortgage so that makes the payment very affordable and allows them to take care of their family," said Catherine Barnes, the Director of Operations for Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas. "Each adult member of the family has to invest 300 hours of their own time in the building of their home, sweat equity. So it is certainly not a giveaway program. They've earned this home." 
 Habitat for Humanity is working now to qualify 22 families in southern Nevada for home ownership. For information on the next new homeowner orientation call 702-638-6477 or habitatlasvegas.org.