Housing Resources of Western Colorado is celebrating the completion of the 200th home in its Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. Residents of the Orchard Grove Subdivision in Fruita say while it's not easy building your own home it sure does pay off. Today folks on Bay Berry Court worked hard to put the finishing touches on their own homes as well as their neighbors. The Mutual Self–Help Housing Program gives low income families the opportunity to help build their own home.
USDA Rural Development finances the project and provides loans to the families while they build sweat equity which they can use as their down payment. To build sweat equity program participants must work a minimum of 800 hours on their home for about nine months. The ten new homeowners on Bay Berry Court are expected to move in at the end of the month. There are still seven lots available for future homes in the Orchard Grove Subdivision.