About 500 Home Depot employees from around the country came to Imperial Beach Wednesday to build new homes for families in need.
Home Depot Foundation assisted with a San Diego Habitat for Humanity project that to build four homes on Florida Street. An additional 375 employees will return to help Wednesday, June 14. The four homes are expected to be complete by June 2013.
Volunteers also helped 19 existing homeowners nearby make repairs to their homes.
"We have these 31 homes that responded and plus we have a few extra in waiting that well continue to work on after this," said Ken Kosman, Chief Construction Officer for the San Diego Habitat for Humanity.
Owners of the new homes have not yet been identified. In order to qualify to own one of the homes being built, you must demonstrate a need for improved housing, be willing to volunteer with your family 250-500 hours of "sweat equity and demonstrate an ability to pay the mortgage.
A family of four must earn an annual income of at least $31,400. Click here to learn more.
Another plan to build six homes on city-owned property at the corner of 10th Street and Donax Avenue has not yet been approved by the Imperial Beach Housing Authority, which is also the Imperial Beach City Council.