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Habitat for Humanity to finish Albany home soon

South Georgia's own international home building charity reached a milestone Monday.

In the last 35 years, Habitat for Humanity has built a half million homes. Monday, they are celebrating World Habitat Day. Flint River Habitat for Humanity is getting close to finishing another new home in Albany.

Flint River Habitat for Humanity started work on this house in February. And thanks to hundreds of volunteers, it is almost done.

"We're in the final stages. We're hoping this homeowner will be in no later than the 30th of October. But, hopefully at least by October 20th," said Flint River Habitat's Volunteer Coordinator David Wilson.

Over 300 people have walked through the door way to build the house. Some of those are college students. Many even coming from as far away as Massachusetts.

Tammy Ferguson is the marketing specialist for Habitat's international headquarters in Americus and she says the new homeowner is a single mother.

 "It's a powerful statement to know so many people came together to build this house for this family. And they're going to live here. And by them having a safe, affordable, decent, house to live in. It just opens up so many more opportunities for her and her family- her and her kids."

 The new owner has worked on the home too. 

"Each homeowner comes out and does what they call sweat equity. They come out and actually take part in the building of their home. So, they see it basically step-by-step and they perform work on the home," said Jimmy Cross with Flint River Habitat.

Economic hardships are made easier because each house has an interest free mortgage.

This house will have a happy family soon. For habitat, it will be on to the next house.

Habitat's 500-thousand house was finished today in Kenya. Volunteers raised the walls on number 500-thousand and one in New Jersey.


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