ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley is getting ready for a new project in Lehigh County.

Crews broke ground Wednesday in the 600 block of North Tacoma Street in Allentown.

Four twin homes will go up at the construction site to provide housing for eight low-income families. The homebuyers themselves will help build the houses, along with Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

"It's not free. There's a misconception that a lot of times our program is free, but it's not. Our families put in 250 hours on the construction site, at our ReStore, on the homes of other people that are going through the program. And they pay a mortgage," said Jessica Elliott, Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley's executive director.

Construction on the homes is expected to be completed over the next two years.

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