Dallas families move in to Habitat homes

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Two families moved into Habitat for Humanity homes in West Dallas on Saturday.



Posted on May 14, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Updated Saturday, May 14 at 5:52 PM

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DALLAS — Two families in West Dallas received Habitat for Humanity homes on Saturday.

The Christian ministry offered a prayer before presenting the families with the keys to their new homes on Pueblo Street.

But Habitat for Humanity doesn't just give the homes away for free. Qualifying families must put in 400 hours of "sweat equity" to qualify for a 25-year mortgage with zero percent interest.

That means the house payment is often less than what a family would otherwise be paying for rent.

It's all all made possible by generous sponsors and volunteer labor.

"Thank you for helping us with all this work," said Maritza Cruz, whose family is moving in to one of the new homes. "We appreciate... and it's pretty the house... we love it."

Dallas Habitat for Humanity has been in place since 1985 and has built more than 850 homes. All families selected for the program must have jobs and good credit to qualify.