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New homes for low income families

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MABTON, Wash -- Construction began Saturday on three new affordable homes for three low income families.

New Life Homes, a Catholic Charities Housing project, consists of 22 units for first time home buyers. Qualified applicants must invest 200 hours of sweat equity into their homes and attend first time home buyer education classes. The development serves low income families who want to remove their families from dangerous rental units.

A recent study by Ohio State University showed that when low income families bought a house, their children's grades increased and they became far less likely to engage in criminal activity.