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Small houses create big opportunity for Habitat for Humanity

Posted March 31

— Habitat for Humanity is getting on a reality TV trend that will help families across central North Carolina.

Small homes, slightly larger than trendy "tiny homes," are now helping benefit those in need.

"This is our first small house," said Blake Strayhorn, with Habitat for Humanity. "This is a house that is about the size of most Habitat houses."

A tiny home is less than 400 square feet. The house in Durham will be 504 square feet.

"As construction prices are going up and land values are going up, income is not going up," Strayhorn said. "We're finding that one way to provide more affordable houses is by building a small house."

A smaller house also means smaller mortgage payments - about $300 to $350 a month.

Wanda Stuart, a graduate of the Durham Rescue Mission, will be the sole homeowner.

"We showed her a design for a house. It was a small house about 800 to 900 square feet and she said, 'Oh, I don't need all of that,'" Strayhorn said. "So, we said, 'How about the "Bonzi" design?' Which is about 504 square feet and she just lit up."

In just a few months, Stuart will officially be able to move in.

Habitat for Humanity said the small house will be the first of many.

All families who receive a home from Habit for Humanity are required to put down a small down payment and spend hundreds of hours helping the organization.

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