CHICO, Calif. - Habitat for Humanity, an organization that helps build affordable housing for low-income families, gave two Chico families a new lease on life, by giving them brand new houses in Chapmantown.
Volunteers, who helped build the buildings, gathered around 10 a.m. Saturday to present the McHugh and Meza families with homes on East 20th Street.
It took 18 months to construct the homes, and both families got a chance to give speeches at the Saturday ceremony.
Issac Meza, a member of the Meza family, says he used to live in a tiny apartment in Chico, but now that Habitat for Humanity gifted him and his family with a home, he feels grateful.
“In my apartment, there’s no place to go for the kids to play outside. So this is going to change my life, my wife, my kids and it's a blessing!” Meza said.
Volunteers came every weekend to help including students from Chico State, United Healthcare, St John’s Episcopal Church, AT&T Pioneers, Build.com and Dutch Bros.
Habitat for Humanity will begin building new homes in Chico beginning in late October.