9 Orland families are starting off their holidays with one of the best presents you can imagine, a brand new home.
This is all part of the CHIP program, the Community Housing Improvement Program.
It’s a self-help initiative where these families have put in at least 30 hours a week for the past year to build the homes themselves.
On Wednesday, they finally got the green light to move in.
“We started off hammering away, well at first we didn't know how to hit a nail in and then we'd come out with bruised fingers and nails falling off, and then, after a while, we picked it up and became little pros, little constructors,” said new resident Mayra Jimenez.
The families have put in enough sweat equity that they will not have any down payment when they move in.
The homes have anywhere from 2 to 5 bedrooms, and most are worth less than $200,000.
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