A Neosho family broke ground on a new beginning Monday afternoon.
Kyle and Whittney Marshall, and their daughter, Daidin, will be moving into their new home on Grant Avenue in 12-18 months.
The home is being constructed by the Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity and partially funded by a $5,000 grant from Bank of America.
Whittney Marshall said after years of renting, it will be a nice change for the family to have a place to call their own.
“We’ll be able to make it ours,” she said. “If we want to change something, we can.”
Harley Hayden, project co-manager with Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity, said the home would be a 1,287 square-foot bungalow style house, and would include three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a front and back porch, and a large side and back yard. He said the front of the house is approximately 35-feet in width, allowing plenty of yard space.
Hayden said he hopes to have the project completed by this time next year.
Whittney Marshall said the space and stability is just what two-year-old Daidin needs.
“It’s a good start for our daughter,” she said. “It won’t just be day to day, we’ll be in an actual home, not just a house. She will be able to have stability and not have to move around a bunch.”
Tina Felder, president of the Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity, said after applying and meeting the organization’s criteria, the Marshall family was named the recipient of the house by the Neosho Habitat organization’s selection committee.
Though volunteers will construct the home at no cost, the house does not come free.
Holly Mitchell, Habitat member, said the family is responsible for paying off a zero-interest mortgage, as well as making routine payments for insurance and property taxes. Kyle and Whittney Marshall will also be required to put in approximately 300 hours of “sweat equity,” at which time the family will assist with the construction work.
“They help build the house and at the end we deed the property over to them,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said she expects work on the house to begin within the next two weeks.
Felder and Mitchell said the work Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity does is a way to give back to the community.
“It betters the community, the family and the neighborhoods,” Mitchell said.
From their website:
“Volunteers are always needed for other ongoing Habitat building projects. Neosho Area Habitat for Humanity would like to invite anyone who is interested in learning more about how Habitat works to contact us.
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