'She has a chance at home ownership that she almost dared not to ever dream about'
EUGENE, Ore. - Hard work is paying off for a single mom and her son in a big way.
"Anne" has spent the last two years volunteering with the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity.
After racking up more than 300 "sweat equity" hours building homes for other families in need, the organization rewarded her with an interest-free mortgage and a home of her own.
"She's strong and energetic, she is committed and dedicated," said Don Griffin, Executive Director of the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity.
"As she's described to us, it'll be a dream come true," Griffin added at Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony. "She has a chance at home ownership that she almost dared not to ever dream about."
The two-story home will be approximately eleven hundred square feet. Anne, and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers, will start laying the foundation in the coming weeks.
"This home is going to mean stability for her and her son," said Amanda Adams with Habitat for Humanity.
Adams says they are a part of a growing number of families in Lane County that are struggling to put a roof over their heads.
She says Habitat for Humanity is expecting a record number of applications in the coming months, as an increasing number of people are evicted or can no longer afford housing.
"We see a really low inventory right now in Lane county of homes for sale," said Adams. "Which means those home price are sky rocketing."
This is the 57th home that the Springfield/Eugene Habitat for Humanity has built. They hope that Anne and her son can move in by Christmas.