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Habitat for Humanity begins construction on local homes


By: Nicole Papay

TROY, N.Y. -- Habitat for Humanity is taking on its largest project to date in the Capital Region on Friday. Land was donated by the late Seymore Fox, a well-known Troy attorney, and now the construction of eight new homes, consisting of two, three and four bedrooms is underway. 

About 20 volunteers showed up for construction, and express their love for the experience.

"It's a really good feeling, because some of the people that are here will benefit from the house, it's good to see them working alongside of you.  Plus we have our contractors here and they're really knowledgeable, so you feel like you learn something and it's good to give back," said Andrew O'Keefe, a first time volunteer.

"As we went on and we actually got a chance to build our own house it was a dream come true actually, to know that we got a chance to build our own home," said Alphonso Gavin, a Habitat recipient turned volunteer.

The project has received time and money from volunteers and fundraising efforts, as well as close to $700,000 from the city of Troy.  Having broken ground at the beginning of January, Habitat aims to have families in these homes by August of this year.

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