Mom, daughter help to build their own home

      Springfield, Ore. - Construction is underway on the newest habitat for humanity home in Springfield. It is a project NewsSource 16 will follow from the ground up and it will culminate when a mother and her daughter get the keys to their new home.

      Kenya Luvert and her 7-year-daughter were front and center at the official groundbreaking in May. The home is part of the Meyer Estates development at 49th and A Streets in Springfield.

      Like all Habitat for Humanity families, Kenya will help build her home, which she says will make it mean even more to herself and her family.

      "Now I have a stake in this home," said Kenya Luvert, "and my daughter is like, 'When are we moving?' so she has a stake as well and she's excited to come and say, 'This is our home. This is where we're going to live. I get my own room.' It's exciting because I have a stake and an ownership in the home."

      In all, Kenya is required to put in 400 hours of what's called "sweat equity." She completed 175 hours before the groundbreaking by volunteering with other Habitat projects.

      Over the next several months, NewsSource 16 will be checking in with Kenya during t the construction process to see how the home is taking shape.