With an ailing economy and people struggling to get by there is one non–profit organization actually looking for people to help get into a brand new home. In Clifton, 19 families are working with the Self Help Housing Program to build 40 homes.
Future home owner, Angie Chavez, says. "We're putting up siding on the house." And for her, its not just a house she's building, its a home.
Angie Davenport is a friend of Chavez's and says she is excited to help a friend in such an important event. "When the arches went up in Angie's house they came and grabbed her and said 'you have arches' we all went and looked," says, Davenport.
Chavez is part of the Self Help Housing Program; where families get together to build not only their homes but the homes of their neighbors as well. "That's what's been really cool is just saying hey, I can do this" says Chavez. Chavez is a preschool teacher and mother of three.
Chavez says, "Just trying to balance life, cause as a single parent, as a single parent, just trying to make enough money to afford a home."
But with this program nobody moves in until all the homes are finished.
Davenport isn't part of the program, she's just here to help, but she already has the technique down. "I could be the sheet–rock queen, ha ha no!" she says.
For Chavez its also a great way to get to know the neighbors, especially who to go to for a cup of sugar. "Sandra down the street," says Chavez. It's also been a learning experience says Chavez. "Well, I mean, you know you just gotta keep trying, you can't say its not going to work or whatever. I love the fact that you just keep trying...That's what I want my kids to learn is that its possible."
When the last board is cut Chavez says it will feel like one thing. "Probably like heaven."