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Habitat for Humanity of Smith County to raise walls on 100th home

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Habitat for Humanity of Smith County will be raising walls yet again Monday to help another family, and this time, it's a special milestone.

Construction begins on the organization's 100th home in 24 years with a wall-raising ceremony Monday morning at 10 a.m.

The new homeowner, Cheresa Monmouth, is a mother of two. She will receive a 30-year, interest-free mortgage from Smith County Habitat. To qualify for the new home, Monmouth applied to Habitat and qualified for the home based on income. She and her children are required to put in 350 hours of sweat equity, or construction time on their home and others, as part of the qualification process.

Monmouth will play a special role in Monday's ceremony.

"When we start off the wall-raising ceremony and we put two walls together, and the homeowner climbs up on the ladder and drives the first nail," said Habitat for Humanity of Smith County CEO Jack Wilson.

To celebrate the milestone of building 100 homes, Habitat for Humanity of Smith County had two specific goals.

"We got 100 sponsors for this 100th home, and we're going to build it in 100 hours, so we're really excited about this," said Wilson. "We'll start the 4th of November and our goal is to have this family in by Thanksgiving."

It's a process Habitat for Humanity says no other organization can offer a family.

"It's a great way to get people into housing, helps eliminate substandard housing, gets them, families out of deplorable living situations where they're paying a lot more than what they're going to be paying for a brand new home," said Wilson. "It just gives them a sense of dignity which they didn't have before."

Monday's ceremony will take place at the home site, at 1702 N. Spring Ave. in Tyler. In addition to Monmouth and Habitat for Humanity of Smith County officials, Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass and other community leaders will be on hand to commemorate the milestone.

For more information on the project, visit Habitat for Humanity of Smith County's website.

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