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KALISPELL - Habitat for Humanity broke ground Thursday to build a series of homes in Columbia Falls funded by a $ 360,000 federal grant.

Community members, volunteers and Habitat for Humanity staff gathered to break ground on a development of two soon-to-be-built homes.

"It's wonderful to have a groundbreaking for our families, " said Habitat Director Christine Morris. "It's a new beginning for Habitat families to be able to become first time homeowners." 

Habitat for Humanity of Flathead Valley recently partnered up with the city of Columbia Falls.
Through the dedicated efforts of this partnership the city received a federal grant of $36,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Housing Program to help build eight homes for low-income residents.

"Families that make between the 20 and 60 percent median income for the size of their family can become a Habitat family we ask the family to partner with us to give us 500 hours of sweat equity to build their home,"  Morris said.

During the ground breaking ceremony, Habitat organizers recognized two families receiving the homes. Habitat Homeowner Tiana Fredenberg and her family said they are proud to now give their daughter a stable home.

"Habitat for Humanity is a great organization they give families the opportunity to own a home, build a community when they otherwise wouldn't have the chance,"  Fredenberg said.

The program allows homeowners to volunteer 500 hours of their time to help build their new homes. The Fredenberg family will begin building their new 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home beginning next week.

Habitat for Humanity's Columbia Falls affordable housing project is a 16-unit town home development. If you would like to volunteer and help build a home for the community click here.

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