Volunteers help build affordable housing in the South Bronx
More than 200 volunteers were busy building 13 affordable housing units as part of Habitat for Humanity's "Building on Faith" program. People from more than a dozen religious groups, including Jews, Muslims, and Christians, stood side by side with tools in hand.
The Bronx residents who will eventually own these homes are working right alongside the volunteers. Most owners can't afford to make a cash down payment so Habitat allows them to put up what's called "sweat equity" instead, which is 250 hours of work.
The finished product will be two-story apartments with large bedroom windows, heavy-duty doors, and a skylight. Thanks to Habitat's many sponsors, the owners will have 30 years to pay them off, with no interest.
The homes are expected to be completed early next year.
For more on the "Building on Faith" program click here.