New #RockbridgeAreaHabitat homeowners must all work 200 hours per adult on the building site. Few come with any construction skills, but that doesn't worry Construction Supervisor Kelly Wallace and Assistant Supervisor McKee Dunlap.
"I can't measure and I'm definitely not getting on a roof!" said Jeannie M. before starting construction. When it came time to install the roof, she stepped gingerly up the ladder; then she climbed back down. A volunteer builder encouraged her, so she tried again.
"I'm going to try this for me. This really, really helped me."
Sweat equity, including attending 27 hours of financial education, is one of three criteria for eligible homeowners. The other two are having a need such as unsafe or overcrowded living conditions; and ability to pay a low-interest, subsidized mortgage from USDA/Rural Development.