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Habitat for Humanity changing lives and neighborhoods

Habitat for Humanity presented its newest home to a family in Henderson Wednesday.

The build marked more than 100 homes volunteers with the non-profit have constructed in the Las Vegas valley. And there's a bigger project underway near Sunset Road and Boulder Highway.

It's the biggest project yet in southern Nevada for Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas. It's called the Pittman Neighborhood Project and the first two homes have been completed.

One was presented Tuesday and the second Wednesday.

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas said they're reaching a milestone. CEO Douglas Coombs said the project is part of Henderson's revitalization efforts in the Pittman neighborhood, just south of Sunset Road near Boulder Highway.

The man receiving the new home Wednesday couldn't contain his excitement, saying he never imagined he'd become a homeowner

"Oh, happy, very happy," said Jose Martinez Ramirez.

"We have have already built over the past few years 19 homes and for the first we're raising funds to create a 20-home project and what you see here today are the first two homes and actually it's a totally new project for us in which we're building townhomes so we can meet the needs of more families through that project," said Douglas Coombs, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas.

Before families receive keys to their new home, they spend about 18-months with the program, help build the home and eventually buy the home at no profit and zero-interest mortgage.

The city of Henderson said the new project is expected to raise property values in the neighborhood.

A vacant lot is the second site of the project, where the rest and biggest chunk of the homes will be built.

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