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Dec 20, 2009 12:07 AM by Stacy Daniel

Grover Beach family teams up with Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity teams up with four families in Grover Beach just in time to make this holiday a very Merry Christmas.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that teams up with low income families to build affordable homes.
Once the home is built, it's sold at or below cost.
The family makes monthly mortgage payments to Habitat for Humanity and that money is used to build more houses.
A project, that began in July, is now completed and four local low income families now have a place to call home for the holidays.
New home owner, Jay Vaught says,"The balcony is a nice feature."
Vaught and his family showed off their favorite features Saturday.
Vaught says he was "very impressed when I heard we were going to get one. It's perfect to catch the afternoon sun. You can look over the trees and scape. You can hear the ocean waves."
All four homes built by Habitat for Humanity are three bedrooms, two and a half baths and have two car garages.
Each family who was picked to live here has kids about the same age.
Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator, Ana Ybarra says, "Those kids are going to grow up together in their own sort of community and grow together with the shared experience that really nobody else can really understand unless you've really gone through it yourself."
It's a community within a community, that's now a welcomed part of Grover Beach.
And how many people can say, the mayor attended their housewarming party?
Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals says,"Before long we will be calling you not only residents of Grover Beach but we will be calling you neighbors."
The families moving into these homes say there is no greater gift they could have received for Christmas, a home for the holidays.
As part of the deal the families who moved into their homes, will donate 500 hours of labor on a different Habitat for Humanity project.


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