ORLANDO, Fla. — Dominique and Venessa Bogan were thrilled to receive the keys to their brand-new Pine Hills home at a ceremony hosted by Habitat For Humanity Greater Orlando and Osceola County Friday afternoon.

What You Need To Know

  • Habitat for Humanity homeownership program allows eligible applicants to customize and build their own homes

  • Homeowners participate in 75 to 150 hours of "sweat equity"

  • New single-family home was constructed in less than two weeks

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time and it’s finally here,” Dominique said. “Dreams do come true.”

The family of five was accepted into Habitat’s homeownership program, which partners with eligible applicants to help them customize, build and own their own homes.

Habitat homeowners participate in between 75 to 150 hours of “sweat equity” on construction sites, among other requirements. As part of the program, the homeowners receive set mortgage payments of no more than 30 percent of their gross income.

The Bogan’s three-bedroom, single-family home was constructed in less than two weeks by Williams Company, a locally-based construction company that donated the building materials, supplies and labor for the project. It’s the fifteenth home in Silver Pines Pointe, Habitat’s fourth planned community in Orange County. By next year there will be 58 homes in the community, according to a press release.

You can explore Habitat for Humanity’s local programs, including their homeownership program, online.

Molly Duerig is a Report for America corps member who is covering affordable housing for Spectrum News 13. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.