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. 

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

“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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