More than 100 people in Denver are now unpacking their moving boxes in their new homes, after the largest construction project in the 31-year history of Metro Denver's Habitat for Humanity.
The organization helped build 24 homes in the Bails Townhome community. Each of the 24 families helped build their own homes, contributing at least 250 hours on the project. The new homeowners will now buy the homes with a zero-interest loan, with payments that are calculated to be roughly 25 percent of their income.
"This is a unique opportunity for families to become more self sufficient," Heather Lafferty, executive director of the Denver Habitat chapter, told KDVR-TV.
Officials say the new residents come from various demographics and walks of life. While some families have lived in Denver their entire lives, combined, they have lived in 13 different countries.
Officials with the Denver chapter of the organization say that they have seen a spike in demand in recent months, as the difficult real estate market has forced relocation on many families. The Denver Post
reports that the organization plans to build 200 more homes over the next five years.