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New Development for Low Income Families

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Volunteers are working hard to build a new residential area for low income families in Yakima.

"I live in Ellensburg and I commute to Yakima everyday," said Kerry Welliver, a volunteer.

Kerry says she's been working on this project since early September.

"I haven't had any problems with living conditions or any kind of financial problems so it's nice to give back when you're as fortunate as I've been," said Welliver.

Which is why volunteers at habitat for humanity are building five homes and the Opportunities Industrialization Center is building another 15.      

These homes will be given to families that are 50 percent below the median income or $35,000.

"We're trying to eradicate poverty in Yakima," said Brian Campfield, an employee for Habitat for Humanity.  

The new homes will range from two to three bedrooms. Most of the new homeowners current live in apartments, so now they'll go from paying rent to owning a home. Volunteers say this is helping the whole community.

"It's adding more money into our taxes....these people will be paying property taxes," said Campfield.

And they're also doing physical labor. All families are required to put in 500 hours of sweat equity by helping build their own homes.

"This gives them something that's theirs and they take pride in what's theirs," said Campfield.