POSTED: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 8:10pm
UPDATED: Saturday, August 25, 2012 - 9:38pm
EL PASO — Local low income families got the opportunity to build their own homes Saturday with the help of a national charity.
Starting from the ground up, hammering nails and building the foundation for a bright future.
Local families with the help of the Lower Valley Housing Corporation, put new meaning to DIY, by building their own homes. Its all part of a nation wide program that assists low income families.
"We show families how to build their own homes, they come out and they qualify, we cater to the low and very low income families. And families build 65% of the home that drives down the cost of the house so they could become homeowners," said Eric Hanson, with Lower Valley Housing Corporation.
Cesar Estrada is building his own home today.
"It feels good to get your hands dirty and learn everything at the same time, roofing, carpentering, everything," said Estrada.
Gerardo Jimenez is helping his sister build her home.
"I like to learn how to construct things, like to make things, know things. Maybe one day I'll grow up and i'll make my own house," said Jimenez.
The Sergeant Majors Academy volunteered to help out the local families Saturday.
" I'm just thankful to have the opportunity to give back to the local community and to provide housing for some of the folks that are not able to afford housing and this is a great way I think to give back," said volunteer Richard Shanklin.
The Lower Valley Housing Corporation, has provided more than 1200 families with housing since 1990 in El Paso County.
"When I'm handing out the keys, they're extremely excited.They live the American dream," said Hanson.