Habitat for Humanity building home for LI family

A community is working together this holiday season to give a Long Island family the gift of a new home. The Jaramillo-Marquez family joined Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk Tuesday in Bellport at the

News 12 Staff

Dec 24, 2014, 4:06 AM

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Habitat for Humanity building home for LI family
A community is working together this holiday season to give a Long Island family the gift of a new home.
The Jaramillo-Marquez family joined Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk Tuesday in Bellport at the site of their future home.
Diane Jaramillo-Marquez and her husband say they would not have been able to afford a new home without the help from Habitat for Humanity. They say their family of six has outgrown their two-bedroom apartment in Copiague. Their three daughters and 8-year-old son currently share a bedroom.
Their new home will have four bedrooms.
The family had to meet several requirements to be accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program. Part of the deal is the family has to be a part of the team that builds their new home.
"We call that sweat equity and it truly is what it sounds like," said Diane Burke, CEO of Suffolk Habitat for Humanity. "They come in and they work really hard building their house and the homes of others in the program."
Habitat for Humanity says the Jaramillo-Marquez home is the 178th house it's built in Suffolk since the organization began 26 years ago.


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