Dozens of volunteers with local non-profit group San Diego Habitat for Humanity gathered on Saturday to build homes for disabled veterans and their families in Lakeside.
Volunteers of SDHFH's Building for the Brave program took part in building four town homes from the ground up in the 12000 block of Lakeshore Drive.
SDHFH organizers said Building for the Brave aims to provide housing for wounded warriors who want to own a home but are unable to do so.
All four of the Lakeside town homes will be given to families who are able to demonstrate a need for improved housing due to undesirable living conditions and their financial situation.
The project has been in the works since March 2013 when ground was first broken.
Construction on Saturday began at around 8 a.m. with donated tools and more than 30 volunteers were expected to be on-site throughout the day.
Each of the units are 1,500 square feet, as well as handicap accessible.
The Building for the Brave initiative was made possible with sponsorship from Bank of America, The Home Depot Foundation, TD Ameritrade, SAIC, and Cox Communications, among others.
Families will be able to start moving into the homes around the end of May, when the project is scheduled to be completed.
As part of the program, the families will be asked that they participate in homeowner education workshops, be active members of the homeowner’s association, and complete between 250 and 500 hours of what organizers called “sweat equity.”
Since 1988, the San Diego-Tijuana Habit for Humanity, later shortened to SDHFH, has helped to build nearly 200 homes for people in need throughout San Diego and across the border in Mexico.