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Posted by desiree.gonzalez | May 03, 2019

Families building homes an Benson Estates in Orland  (photo credit, Glenn County Transcript)
Families building homes an Benson Estates in Orland (photo credit, Glenn County Transcript)

Families begin work at Orland subdivision

By Ruby Larson /rlarson@appealdemocrat.com

The pounding of hammers echoed during the sunny weekend as families began work at a subdivision that is being built in Orland. 

Benson Estates is one of the Community Housing Improvement Program’s mutual self-help communities where families are working to build their future homes. 

Through mutual self-help, or “sweat equity,” families who qualify don’t have to come up with a downpayment, the hours they put in working to build the community’s houses act as the downpayment, said Judy Orozco, self-help housing specialist for CHIP. 

Once the home is built, the mortgage payments are also within reach for low-income families. FULL ARTICLE