Families Move Into Homes Built With Own Hands
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- After months of hard work, 10 families are finally seeing the fruits of their labor. The Housing Resources Mutual Self-Help Program gives people the opportunity to construct their own home and perform about 70 percent of the construction labor.
On Thursday morning, 10 families moved into their new homes in Palisade.
The homeowners come from various backgrounds. NewsChannel 5 caught up with one of them. Born in Germany, Crystal Woolen is an Army brat.
"My father was in the military, so I traveled a lot as a kid," Woolin said.
She too joined the service, and several years later, is ready to establish some more permanent roots.
Woolin said, "It's a huge transition for anyone who goes through war. War is a very different type of scenario. To come back to living civilian life is of course has its challenges."
She and nine other families have been given the opportunity to embark on a rare journey, building their houses from the ground up.
"You build together as a group. You build on each others' homes and no one moves in until they're all done," she said.
Woolen says there are several things she's looking forward to.
"I'm painting the walls whatever colors I want. Having your own piece of land that's yours, I'm pretty sure in general, that's the American dream, everyone knows that. I'm just really glad I was able to get mine."
Not only did the families build their homes, they had to learn how to own them.
"They help you with credit counseling, they help you get completely on track and ready to go into the house with a lot of homebuyer education," said Woolen.
In addition to homes, the families also gained invaluable friendships.
"I've met some really amazing people. Generally, people who aren't hardworking don't do this program."
Woolin says her son is most excited about getting a dog. First, they will need to build a fence.
Now, 10 homes are ready for 10 families to start their new lives.