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TYLER (KYTX) - The 100th Habitat for Humanity home is going up. For the past few months, organizers have worked with sponsors to provide the material and funds to make the home a reality. 

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains how once the home is finished, homeowners will have a big job to fulfill.

The expression on their faces say it all.

"I could not sleep, I probably got to sleep at about 3:00 this morning," said Cheresa Monmouth who the house will belong to.

Her and her children are excited about their new home.

"All this is going on and it's all for my family and for me," said Monmouth.

Her daughter Naquisha Monmouth shares in that excitement.

She said, "We finally have a home to say that it's ours, we don't have to depend on anybody else."  

The Monmouth family is sharing a milestone with Habitat for Humanity. This is the 100th home, it will be built in 100 hours with 100 sponsors. So far 111 sponsors have taken part in this project.

It takes a lot of work getting everything together and actually building the home and once everything is done and the family is moved in, it takes a lot of work on the families part to make sure they can stay in the home.

"They are not free at all. In fact every homeowner has to invest 350-500 hours of working on habitat homes in sweat equity it counts as their down payment," said Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity Deanna Harrison.

 "Our homeowners go through home ownership classes to prepare them for home ownership, home maintenance, budgeting classes," Harrison said.

She said of the 99 other homes, only 70 still have active mortgages. That's because most have been paid. 

She said that shows how beneficial the homeowners courses have been, going on to add that less than two percent of Habitat homeowners go into foreclosure.

Monmouth said, learning the ins and outs of home ownership wasn't easy, but it is worth it.

The home is expected to be finished in the next few weeks. Workers will spend 10 hours a day to make sure the Monmouths will have a place to celebrate Thanksgiving.

 

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