Habitat for Humanity completes homes in Columbia Falls


KALISPELL, Mont. - Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead Valley is holding a ceremony Tuesday evening to commemorate the completion of two new homes in Columbia Falls.

The homes are part of a 16-unit townhouse development that Habitat started in 2011. Ten of those are now completed. Volunteers are continuing work on two units currently under construction and the final four families will be selected in the coming months.

Flathead Habitat for Humanity has constructed 44 homes since their start in 1989. 3,000 volunteer hours go into the construction of each Habitat home.

"The two families that we have completed homes for are very excited. They have spent the last 10 months taking financial courses, taking first-time home buyer courses, and then they each had to put in 300 sweat equity hours on their home," said Erin Falcon, the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the Flathead Valley.

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