Habitat for Humanity volunteers work on homes for 5 families

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Bank of America donated five homes to Habitat for Humanity, each ready for the right families to move in.

The homes were among nearly 2,000 other foreclosed homes that the bank donated to the nonprofit organization

Dozens of local Habitat for Humanity volunteers spent their Saturday morning working on one of the homes located in southwest Bakersfield.

Philip Holtis came out to volunteer with a group from Grace Episcopal Church. He said that volunteering is simply a rewarding and great way to give back to his community.

All five of the donated homes located in Bakersfield, Wasco, Tehachapi and Delano have three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

Habitat officials said that they are looking for families with low income to fill the homes. They plan to help them qualify for a low-cost loan that will get them on the road to home ownership.

Once a family qualifies for a home they too must volunteer to work on their house. 500 service hours for a family, 300 hours for single parent.

The house payment on the southwest Bakersfield home will be about $600 a month, including tax and insurance.

Habitat for Humanity first came to Kern County in 1991. Since that time, they have completed 53 homes in six different cities throughout the county.

Officials with the nonprofit are asking for Veterans to step forward and try to qualify for these new homes.

If you'd like to apply for a Habitat home go to their local website or call (661) 861-8449.