Local non-profit builds home in 7 days; sells it to deserving family

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A single mother-to-be is spending her first night in her brand new house and it was pennies on the dollar thanks to a local non-profit.

Lauren Jackson, 25, is now a home owner. She says it is the first major purchase she’s ever made in life.

Phillip Morris and project:HOMES teamed up to build the home in an astounding seven days.

“This is the first thing that I have ever owned, I don’t own my car my mom still does that, so to own a house is just a great feeling,” Jackson said.

The selling price on this brand new three-bedroom home, a steal at just $95,000. And, on top of that, the owner is receiving grants all thanks to project:HOMES.

They, along with Phillip Morris, teamed up to build the home in an astounding seven days.

“Words can’t even explain how I did not think this was going to be possible at my age,” Jackson explained. “I’m 25, I literally just started my career.”

This home isn’t just for one. On Thursday, just six days after becoming a homeowner, Jackson will give birth to twins.

Since 2000, as a part of their revitalization program project:HOMES has completed 120 homes. Those homes usually take six months.

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