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Building a Community

May 03, 2019
Building a Community

Building a Community

Families begin work at Orland subdivision

By Ruby Larson /

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

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