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A House Becomes A Home

After 400 hours of work, LaSandra Herman is ready to call 24 Linden Street home.

"Redo some cabinets. Put some tile down.  Do some work that I never thought I would ever be able to do," said LaSandra Herman.

LaSandra and her three children worked alongside about 20 Habitat for Humanity volunteers twice a week to renovate the home.

"This house was donated back to us so we're doing what we call a recycle.  That's when we come back in. We polish it, we shine it and bring it back to new again," said Winan.

In exchange for those volunteer hours, Habitat for Humanity arranged a no interest mortgage loan for the seventy-five thousand dollar home.

"What the home owners do is provide us with sweat-equity.  They worlk alongside the community volunteers week after week and they do all the construction work that a regular construction volunteer would as a professional building a home," said Amy Winans, executive director of Broome County Habitat for Humanity.

Winans says Habitat for Humanity is designed to be a working families program.  Anyone who applies must have an income over $,2100 a month and be ready to do some hard work..

So were the 400 hours worth it? LaSandra and her family think so.

"They've been excited from day one.  From the time they looked at to now we're actually moving in.  They actually wanted to move in yesterday--leave it them," said LaSandra Herman.

"I'm excited. I feel proud of myself for putting all the time and effort into this," said Devon Herman.

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