Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing and their Self Help Housing Participants are celebrating the completion of 12 new homes in the Park Place Subdivision at 600 W. 200 North in Smithfield. The organization conducted an open house for people to view the energy efficient homes. With a mission to create affordable housing, enhance communities and provide skills, Neighborhood Nonprofit is a program that gets people into homes who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them. Participants in Self Help Housing, or the ‘sweat equity’ program, build their homes with their future neighbors putting 35 hours of labor in a week. Homes are built simultaneously and after 8-10 months everyone moves in at the same time, only after all homes are completed. The labor not only acts as the down payment, but can substantially reduce the price of the home. Self Help Program Coordinator, David Frandsen, loves the program for what it does for the community. “It’s a fantastic program because it’s for affordable housing,” Frandsen explains. Frandsen also says it’s a great program for what it does for first-time home buyers or people who haven’t been able to afford a home for a long time. “It helps people who could not qualify to get into a home because of the cost of homes and everything associated with that. It provides families a way to get in that may not have gotten into a home for quite some time.” This spring, Neighborhood Nonprofit celebrated the completion of 150 homes. If anyone is interested in being a participant, or for more information, call 753-1112.
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