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CARLSBAD — Community volunteers are busy working to build homes for needy families in Carlsbad through Habitat for Humanity.
Last spring, workers broke ground on Roosevelt Gardens, a collection of 11 town homes on Roosevelt Street.
Habitat for Humanity spokesperson Elizabeth Neubrand, who serves as director of development for community affairs, said the nonprofit organization offers a “hand up, not a hand out,“ as families selected need to put in at least 250 hours of “sweat equity” on their home, along-side business and community volunteers.
Not all of the families for the homes in Carlsbad have been selected, she said.
“They are still going to be seeking more applicants,” Neubrand said. “And holding more orientations.”
The program is available to first-time homeowners, she said, and the new homeowners do pay off a mortgage through Habitat for Humanity.
The land for the homes is secured by donation, she said. In this case, the city of Carlsbad donated the land.
Material used for the build are from ReStore, a discount building materials store run by Habitat for Humanity and located in San Diego. The store is also open to the public.
The San Diego Habitat for Humanity office opened in 1987, and is one of 1,700 “affiliates” in 92 countries.
The San Diego affiliate has built 99 homes over the past 20 years, including 21 for those who lost their homes in the 2003 wildfires. More than 50 are on the drawing board for the next three years, Neubrand said.
The one- and two-bedroom homes on Roosevelt Street should be completed by next spring or summer.

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