La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW) – Two more La Crosse families have homes of their own thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
The organization dedicated its 45th and 46th Habitat Homes to the Bright and Russell families.
Their first twin-home features two independent living units designed to maximize space. Both families put 350 hours of work into building the home, what Habitat calls sweat equity.
“Things that I never thought I would know,” New Habitat Homeowner Jenna Bright describes, “You show up one day and you might not know what you’re going to do and they might say, ‘well we need you to do this,’ and you say, ‘okay, show me how and I am happy to learn.”
After building the home, Habitat families own it through an affordable mortgage.
The Bright family says they’re looking forward to the freedom that comes along with home ownership.
“We don’t have to ask permission first to repaint it,” Bright’s son Brenten Mosher elaborates.
“So if I went to a store and got red and blue paint, I wouldn’t have to ask the person if I can paint my room because it’s my room and we own it.”
Both families will move in by the holidays.