Habitat for Humanity of La Crosse celebrates its first twin home

Two families will enjoy the holidays in new homes.

Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area is celebrating the program’s first twin home. These new structures are part of seven-unit project on the south side of La Crosse.

They are the 4th and 5th completed this year, the most by Habitat for Humanity La Crosse in a single year.

“I keep seeing it and I keep telling myself it’s mine but until I actually see our stuff in here to know that we did this, like not only that we own it but that we helped build it,” said new homeowner Rene Dumars Russell.

There was more than 5,000 volunteer hours on these houses by 400 volunteers. All participating families have to complete 350 hours of construction work on their own home.

This is not only a big improvement for Rene and her family, but her new community as well.

“This corner was not a great corner. There was a lot of activity here that wasn’t the greatest. There was a lot of police coming to these homes and to be able to have seven new beautiful units and wonderful families moving into the neighborhood, has really made a difference for the people all around,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Kahya Fox.

The fair market value on the three previous homes on the site was about $150,000 combined. Once all 7 homes are completed on the same lot, the value will increase to $1.3 million.

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