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Habitat for Humanity unveils newly constructed homes in Albany

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Youth Build, out of Troy, volunteered to help refurbish these homes on Alexander Street in Albany with Habitat for Humanity (Photo: NEWS10) Youth Build, out of Troy, volunteered to help refurbish these homes on Alexander Street in Albany with Habitat for Humanity (Photo: NEWS10)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Capital District Habitat for Humanity is celebrating a major accomplishment Wednesday morning; the organization has unveiled the results of its largest project in Albany.

Morton's Walk is the project consisting of ten houses that have been newly constructed on Alexander Street in Albany's south end as part of a massive undertaking by Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers, including a group of at-risk teens out of Troy called Youth Build, have spent the last 16 months building the homes from the ground up.

On Wednesday morning, the keys were handed over to the new homeowners in a special dedication ceremony.

Desiree McAllister-Jennings got the key to her new home Wednesday, after putting in 350 hours of work on the home along with volunteers. "We worked on it from scratch, so we knew exactly what was what. We helped to select some of the materials, the carpet."

Families like Desiree's were overjoyed to become homeowners, something Habitat for Humanity Director Mike Jacobson says is crucial in the success of the families and community. "The foundation of a home is really the answer. It's the begining of the long term answer and I think that our families have now gotten their chance at the American dream."

There has been a big push to revitalize the aging neighborhood, and this project will help accomplish that goal.

Once the entire project is complete there will be a total of 16 homes completed in the south end neighborhood. Two more houses are still being constructed on Delaware Street.

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