Self Help

Three generations celebrate self-help homes – Valley Courier

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ALAMOSA — CRHDC has helped more than 1,700 families build their homes in 30 different counties through its mutual Self-Help program, which allows new homebuyers to take an active role in the construction of their homes.

In this program, participants contribute significant “sweat equity” towards the construction of their home, bringing down development costs and producing a more affordable home.

Recently, CRHDC has been working with a new client, Vennessa Martinez. She is currently in the process of building a Self-Help home in the San Luis Valley. Asked about her experience with CRHDC’s Self-Help program, she said, “It was great. Working together with everyone and getting to know your neighbors gives a great feel of community. CRHDC was supportive and informative throughout the entire process.”

Vennessa is the third generation of parents who have built a Self-Help home. Dating back in 2002 Vennessa’s grandfather Mike completed construction on his Self-Help home in the San Luis Valley and in 2003 Vennessa’s mother Ramona finished building her Self-Help home. CRHDC is incredibly proud and honored to assist the Martinez family in making their dream of homeownership come true through CRHDC’s mutual Self-Help program.



CRHDC has been providing pathways to housing resources and asset-building opportunities in Colorado for 47 years. The organization uses innovative approaches in providing sustainable and affordable housing, life-skills, and economic development opportunities to benefit low-to-moderate income households throughout Colorado through property development, financing, education, partnership, and technical assistance. See or call 719-589-1680.

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