Groundbreaking to celebrate sweat-equity home ownership

LAVERKIN — The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday from 4:30-5 p.m. at 372 W. 835 N. in LaVerkin.

The ceremony will celebrate the start of construction on seven homes in the Toquerville and LaVerkin as part of the “Mutual Self-Help Housing” program.

Families that participate in the program provide at least 65 percent of the labor needed to construct the houses. Each family works on the others’ houses for at least 35 hours every week, and no one can move in until every home is finished.

The new homes will have three bedrooms and two bathrooms with approximately 1,500 square feet of finished living space. Each home also has a full, unfinished basement or a second-floor bonus room.

The public is invited to join in the celebration and find out more about the program and how to apply — or volunteer to help the families build.

The Mutual Self-Help Housing program is run by Self-Help Homes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. The organization has facilitated more than 400 homes throughout Utah through its Mutual Self-Help Housing program.

For more information, contact Julie Applegate at 435-429-1048 or julie@selfhelphomes.org.

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