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Habitat for Humanity helps Dubuque family ditch small, moldy house

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The current house the Birch family lives in is just too small.

Their current house has just two bedrooms, while their family is six people strong.

It's also full of mold, which has caused all kinds of illnesses, Bill Birch said.

But now they're just weeks away from moving into a new home, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

The project started back in June, and now the family is beginning the process of closing on the house.

"Kinda shocked, a little bit. It's like a one in a million chance, in my head, that you'd actually get picked. We were actually looking at other places to rent, and it's kinda hard to afford a five bedroom or four bedroom," Birch said.

But this house isn't just a gimme for the family. They've had to put in "sweat equity", working for 250 hours on the house.

"Our mission is to make sure people understand we're not giving away homes to people. They  qualify, they're selected by our selection committee. They come in and put in the sweat equity the entire time the house is being built. They help fund raise, they help clean the house, they actually help put the sheet rock up, they do all of those types of things for the house," said Sherri Reding, who sits on the board of Habitat for Humanity.

The improvements for the family span everything from having enough rooms for everyone, to having enough room for a dining room table.

"We're actually going to sit down to a table. It's going to be a lot of family time," Birch said.

They'll also be able to do laundry in their own machines, something they've had to rely on family for in the past.

The house is also furnished, thanks to a number of local organizations, including Clare Cares, who helped furnish all the kids rooms.

"I want to move so I can have my own privacy," said their oldest child Khloey.

The family is starting the closing process on the house now and hope to move in before Thanksgiving.

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