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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

February 12, 2008.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The housing crisis continues and millions of Americans are losing their homes, many more worry they can't realize their dream of home ownership.

Habitat for Humanity is working even harder these days to help those people.

On Thursday in Albany, Flint River Habitat for Humanity showed potential homeowners how that dream could be a reality.

The housing crisis is driving more people to Habitat for Humanity for help building a home of their own.

"There're out there with our volunteers, with our construction managers working on the construction of their own home," said Daphyne Ewing, Family Services Coordinator.

At the meeting hundreds of people learned how Flint River Habitat for Humanity can help them put hammer to nail.

"In the orientation we hope to dispel those myths let people know it is a hand up and let them know it's going to be a process and it's hard work but rewarding, the end product is a home that's your own," said Ewings.

"I've been a homeowner since April 2002," said Gracie Cheeatham, Home Owner.

Gracie Cheatham was in one of the meetings more than seven years ago.

"I went because I was interested in getting me a home so I went there and they were giving out applications," said Cheeatham.

Those walking through these doors could be walking through their very own front door in the future.

And with the housing market in turmoil, low mortgage payments are a big draw.

"People who maybe couldn't afford whatever mortgage and even rent they had, with us Habitat can help, I think the last couple of closing was approximately $350," said Ewings.

Ewings hosted two other sessions like this in the past, this may be the largest.

"The first time there were maybe 70 people in August maybe 200 so this time I'm hoping we have enough applications for everyone who comes out," said Ewings.

"This winter as cold as it was I was extra thankful to God that I hand my own home, central air and central heating, it's really been a blessing," said Cheeatham.

Habitat for Humanity offers no-interest loans for families who qualify.

They have to go through financial planning classes and complete hundreds of hours of volunteer work before they get a home.

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