Habitat for Humanity is building four new homes in southeast Fresno.
The organization is partnering with the city to improve the neighborhood.
A burned-out building was demolished and the land cleared at Amador and B Streets in Fresno, where Habitat For Humanity is building four new homes.
The future homeowners were surprised with news of their selection at a press conference.
Mailee Yang says, “I thought this was just an event for the process and stuff. I didn’t know we’d be selected.
It’s overwhelming that this is happening because it’s been really hard. A struggle, really hard for me a single mom with all my seven kids. Now that we’ll have a home I’m really happy because we haven’t had a home for a long time.”
Habitat For Humanity Greater Fresno Area CEO Matthew Grunday explains Habitat doesn’t give homes away, rather they help their partner homeowners buy their own homes, “Instead of putting a down payment, Habitat partners with Federal Home Loan Bank to provide families a downpayment assistance match. Where they put in 500 hours of sweat equity on their own home and a neighbor’s home and they get in exchange for that time, the downpayment for their home.”
Old, burned-out buildings were demolished to make room for the new homes.
Fresno’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program is funding $580,263 while $403,858 is coming from Habitat’s Home Development Fund. The HOME program is a federal grant designed to create affordable low-income housing.
Solid waste company Republic Services donated $80,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help 30 local families with home maintenance.