Around 40 volunteers are about to become involved in helping three families come closer to the dream of owning their own home.
Three houses are being built as part of a Habitat for Humanities project in Canowindra.
Project manager and builder James Isaacs said the project was an amazing initiative and more should be undertaken across country
“It’s something that there should certainly be a lot more of,” he said.
“Especially right now when times are pretty tough and families sometimes struggle to get mortgages in small towns.”
The project began in April 2011 after Cabonne Council approved the development for three detached villas on Preston Street.
Habitat for Humanity has been operating for Australia since 1988 and has built over 100 homes, with another 40 homes currently in the construction process.
Families eligible for the project receive a low-interest home loan
and help with planning and construction.
They also have to be willing and able to contribute 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ in building their home, including basic skills and financial training.
Corey Knight and his family will move into one of the new homes by the end of the year, if work remains on schedule.
Mr Knight said he was over the moon about moving into a home which he can say he built with his own hands.
“Living in a home I’ve built is actually a dream that I’ve always had,” he said.
“It’s a case of the warm fuzzies really.”
Mr Isaacs was proud of the families involved and said they have been a big help.
“The families are here most of the time helping out,” he said.
“And some of them are actually pretty handy.”
“This weekend is open to anyone wanting to look at the project or volunteer help,” Mr Isaacs said.
If you would like to be involved in the project, please call James Isaac on 0428814095.