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Habitat for Humanity: Changing lives through homes, education

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Habitat for Humanity works with people all over the world to provide affordable housing. The organization has housed more than 400 people in our area. 

Nalves Cade put in two years of time and effort, including attending Habitat classes and physical labor on her new home.

"I'm just so excited to have this house. It's truly a big blessing for me and my kids," she said. 

That hard work includes what Habitat reps call "sweat equity." It consists of 100 hours o construction, 150 hours of classes on finance, credit and home ownership. Habitat homes are not free. They're earned and payed for like any other home by those who live there. 

"Once they qualify, they put in their sweat equity hours, they do their construction hours -- which are required -- they can then close on the home and we become their mortgage lender. they pay Habitat their affordable payments every month," Christy Reeves, Executive Director for Lubbock Habitat, said. 

The Talkington Addition Habitat Lubbock is building on now was donated. The non-profit hopes to build 80 homes in that neighborhood. 

Lubbock Habitat has a limited staff. It relies heavily on volunteers and no construction experience is needed. 

"Our staff can show them. They can come out on the weekends, on Saturday that's our big day. Or even during the week if they have time and if they can just help for an hour or two that is wonderful," Reeves said. 

As for Cade, her home in the Talkington Addition symbolizes a new chapter for her and her family. 

Lubbock Habitat is always accepting donation and volunteers. More information and ways to help can be found - here.




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