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Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity dedicates 150th home, looks to double builds

The home took around three months to complete.

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 150th home Tuesday, as officials announced plans to double builds next year.

Construction on the home, located on Sunfield Drive in Holland Township, began last March. It's the fourth Habitat home in the development. 

"It feels like a dream come true," said Roger Cruz, who bought the home with his wife, Gladys. "It feels unreal at times, but at the same time it's like, 'Hey, this is our home.'"

The Cruz family worked with Habitat for Humanity to build the home. They'll add to the near-650 people who have moved into Habitat homes since the organization began building them in 1990. 

"We felt that love of the community stepping in and saying, 'There's a family in need and we want to help out.'  That's been a very grateful experience for us." 

Lakeshore Habitat has built an average of five homes per year, a number leaders hope to double moving forward. 

"We have a piece of property that we share with Jubilee Ministries; we're going to build five and they're going to build five," said Executive Director Don Wilkinson. 

In addition to buying larger properties to build more homes, the nonprofit will also begin building multi-family residential homes. 

"We feel like it's really the right step towards home ownership for really around 10 or 20 families that no one else is serving," Wilkinson said. 

Volunteers already began construction on the third Habitat home of 2019, which is located on Manley Avenue.

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