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BUILDING BLITZ: Habitat For Humanity

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Four Des Moines families will soon have new homes after a big effort by Habitat for Humanity.

Five year old Mikayla Smith can’t wait to move into her new home on East 16th Street.

“My bed might be right here, but I don’t really know.  This is where all my books are gonna be.  Over in these closets,” says Mikayla.

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity spent the past week on what they call a building blitz, building three new homes and refurbishing one for Mikayla and her mom.

The families had to be employed, take classes, and put in four hundred hours of muscle work.

“Families do sweat equity working on their house and other habitat for humanity homes.  They also go through our blueprint to ownership classes where they’re learning how to manage their personal finances, get into home maintenance, home repairs.  What it means to be a good neighbor,” says Lance Henning with Habitat for Humanity.

New home owners are given interest free loans to pay their mortgages.