DEER PARK, Wash. -

Lin Hunt wanted a better life for her daughter and grandson. She feared for their safety and was sick of throwing money away into her rental.

"We could sit out on our porch and hear the car crashes the fights, the sirens, the gun shots every night," said Hunt.

Hunt never believed she would be a homeowner. Almost three years ago she was given the opportunity when Habitat for Humanity approved her application.

"They think that people are going to move in here free they don't move in here free, you have certain criteria you have to meet," said Hunt.

Each household is required to complete 500 hours of "sweat equity," or in other words volunteer work for the organization, before they are able to move in. Hunt and her daughter have completed their sweat equity and are now hoping their house will be finished by the summer.

"We would not have a house if we did not have volunteers everyone asks us when do you expect your home to be completed, we do not know that will depend totally on the volunteers," said Hunt.

Hunt and her family spend hours working on their own house, as well as others in the community. Hunt calls the process a group effort and said working on their homes together helps bring the community together. For now, she is looking forward to the day they are able to move into their home.

"It will just be a new life for us. A totally completely new life," said Hunt. 

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