Great Falls

Oct 22, 2012 11:18 PM by Jen Fenter (jen@krtv.com)

Great Falls mom uses "sweat equity" for Habitat For Humanity home

After years of trying to buy a home of her own, Jennifer Redd - a single mother of two - is still living at her mother's house, but thanks to the Habitat For Humanity program, her dream is becoming a reality.

Habitat For Humanity requires 500 hours of "sweat equity" to be put into the home by the prospective owner, which lowers the final cost for the home.

Redd noted, "For the same mortgage price I was looking at, I get a new construction." She smiles broadly and says, "And all these people came out to make it happen."

Redd was selected by Habitat For Humanity last November, marking the 28th "build" for the organization in Great Falls.

While Redd is thrilled to see her dream home being constructed, she isn't the only one benefiting from the project.

Pat Schoenen directs the carpentry project at Great Falls College-MSU and said, "You can't simulate construction in the classroom, or the shop. You can do bits and parts, but when you get on a job site, everything changes."

Students in the carpentry training program are dedicating the week to framing Redd's new roof.

Crews hope to have the home enclosed before the worst of the winter weather settles in; they expect the home to be move-in ready in the spring.

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