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LAS CRUCES - Across the street from the homes it has built during the past two years, Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity (MVHH) broke ground on five new homes Tuesday evening, Oct. 1.
The groundbreakings included families who will be purchasing the homes and helping to build them, along with MVHH staff, caravanners and other volunteers. (Caravanners travel in their RVs to Las Cruces and other towns and cities throughout the United States to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity).
“We are overwhelmed with joy for these families,” said MVHH Development Coordinator April Estrada. “Their dedication, diligence and willingness to partner has given them the building blocks of accountability ensuring strength, and stability for their futures. These families truly are products of their efforts, and we are ecstatic to be a part of their journey.”
Following the groundbreaking, MVHH held a “Centenarian Celebration for long-time habitat volunteer Malcolm “Mac” Fell of Las Cruces to celebrate his 100th birthday.
“Mac has been a dedicated and passionate volunteer to our organization for over 31 years now,” Estrada said in a MVHH news release. “He has transitioned from the construction site to becoming a historian for MVHH, capturing all of our memorable and most cherished moments.”
The new homes will be built on Aurora Star Court.
MVHH celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. It has helped make homeowners of 116 local families during the past three decades. Qualifying homeowners are selected based on economic need, ability to pay their share of the costs and willingness to help with the construction. Every local family that qualifies for a MVHH house must contribute 300-500 hours of sweat equity helping to build their own home or someone else’s. Each participating family makes a small down payment on the house and pays a monthly long-term, low-interest mortgage. To qualify, families must have a steady source of income.
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