Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity dedicates 201st home

Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity dedicates 201st home.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A local family has a big reason to celebrate on Sunday when they received a new energy-efficient home from Habitat for Humanity.

A family of four dedicated its new Habitat for Humanity home on Kalamazoo’s East Side.

After nearly two years Khalilah Bowie, the new homeowner, said it is the most amazing thing happening in her life right now and that her dream is now a reality.

Bowie said, “This is an amazing experience, amazing process here with Habitat.”

Bowie is the 201st recipient of a home from the Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity and her family wasted no timing checking out their new energy-efficient digs.

Habitat for Humanity bought this home on Elder St. from the Kalamazoo County Land Bank.

It took 320 volunteers 1,900 hours to rehabilitate the house and served as a hands-on classroom for 27 high school students enrolled in KRESA Education for Employment Construction Trades program.

Bowie also put plenty of hard work into the project and many others. The Habitat program requires a homeowner-to-be to contribute more than 300 hours of “sweat equity.”

Bowie said, “It makes the process that more you know exceptional. You dedicating all those hours, like most of the painting or a lot of the painting and stuff done here was done by my own sweat equity, my own hard work so it's just amazing.”

Habitat for Humanity said the house is a rare Energy Star rehab that is so efficient that it doesn't even have a traditional furnace. Instead, the home is heated and cooled by two heat pump units, which is one of many features making the home more affordable to operate.

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