The Smith County Habitat for Humanity plans to build its first home fully funded and built primarily by women, according to a news release. 

The project is billed as an opportunity for women from all walks of life to join together to build a home for a single mother and her daughter.

"We want all women to be able to participate in the Women's Build so we've created a variety of sponsor categories, each totaling $600," said Deanna Harrison, Habitat's Director of Development. "Women can be a sponsor on their own or they can choose to partner with their family and friends. Depending on the category they choose, sponsorships can be as little as $10 a month for a year up to $50 a month."

"I am honored to play a part in demonstrating to Ashley, the homeowner, the power of women," sponsor Skylar Gallop said. "She may have been raised being told otherwise, but over the next year she and her daughter will know what we are capable of accomplishing."

The would-be homeowner currently lives in a home owned by PATH and is participating in PATH's Transitional Housing Program. She will purchase the Women's Build house, which will be built in the fall of 2016, with a zero-interest, 30-year mortgage.

"I want to own my own home so that my daughter knows she is worth having a home," the woman said when she was interviewed to become a part of Habitat's homeownership program.

For more information, call 903-595-6630

- Cory McCoy


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