Chattanooga Family Gets Help From Habitat for Humanity

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 9/30/2012 11:47 am
Pius Mutubwa, a chattanooga resident, says, "I'm so glad, I'm so glad."

It is a smile that says it all, and this laugh, well that says just as much.

Bill Balsis, a volunteer, adds, "As you get older in life sometimes you realize how lucky you have it and you want to give back to the community and give back to those less fortunate than you."

Bill Balsis is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

He, along with several other members of the University of Notre Dame Alumni Club are helping out Mutubwa, one nail at a time.

Mutubwa adds, "It's like a dream to me."

Mutubwa moved here from Africa about three years ago, and like many Chattanoogans is having a hard time finding affordable housing for his family of five.

Dawn Hjelseth, with Habitat for Humanity, says, "A lot of people don't realize that you don't have to go to a third world country to find areas with sub-standard housing."

No, you can find it in your own backyard.

Luckily, for Mutubwa, he also found Habitat for Humanity.

But the four bedroom house is not free.

He is looking at a zero percent interest loan over 30 years.

So, his mortgage payment would be roughly $400 a month.

Mutubwa adds, "Right now I think everything's going well. I'm excited."

These volunteers are getting the home ready, so siding can be put on this week.

It is a 16 week project, and Mutubwa says he comes to the home a couple of times a day, just because he is that excited.

Mutubwa says, "I'm so happy."

Happiness that cannot be measured, no matter how hard you try.

Monday is officially World Habitat Day.
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