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Habitat Makes Home Ownership a Reality

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For many people like April, living in a new home is a dream come true. April Gilmore is excited about living in her new home.
DURHAM — The struggles of several area families will soon be eased as they get thechance at home ownership for the first time. WRAL has joined with Habitatfor Humanity in the building of new houses in Fayetteville and Durham.

Today it's only mud and water and the makings of a foundation, but itwill soon be much more.

The future homeowner, April Gilmore, says it's like a dream to her becauseshe has never had anything on her own.

In a few months, April will own her own home in a Durham neighborhood. Her home will be part of a major three-block renovation and clean-upproject, where 30 new homes are being built, ten of those by Habitat forHumanity, where 10 families will live the American dream for the firsttime.

"Home ownership means much more than just shelter," says Bob Calhounof Habitat for Humanity. "It's a foundation for breaking the cycle ofpoverty."

This past year, Durham's Habitat for Humanity built 10 homes. In 1998,the number will almost double. It's an ambitious goal, but it meansfamilies like April's will live a life they felt was only meant forsomeone else.

April's daughters is just as excited as her mother is about moving intothe new residence. Everytime the four-year-old and her mother ride by thework site, she says, "are we ready to move to our new house yet?"

Habitat for Humanity is proud to have April as a partner. April is proudof what will be her new home. She hopes to move in by the end ofFebruary.

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers. They have manyjobs that need filling -- even if you've never held a hammer. For moreinformation, call919-682-0516.

andKerrieHudzinski

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