Nichole Dobo | News Journal | May 13, 2014
Five families moved into energy-efficient homes as part of the “Self-Help Housing Program” through the Milford Housing Development Corporation.
The families worked a combined more than 1,500 hours to help build the homes — “sweat equity” that was estimated at about $45,000 per home, according to a press release from the Milford Housing Development Corporation. The 10-month construction process included work that made the homes Energy-Star certified, according to the development corporation.
The program is part of the USDA Rural Development program, which was created more than 40 years ago, according to the development corporation. It is meant to help low-income families obtain a home through a model that includes a requirement that they help work on building it. The Milford Housing Development Corporation, milfordhousing.com, says it is the only agency in Delaware that offers the program.