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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Habitat for Humanity in Rapides Parish broke ground for new homes to help families in need. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane shows us why dreams come true one nail at a time.

Tracy Lofton and her three kids are just one of the families that Habitat for Humanity is helping transition from staying with family and friends, into having a place she can call her own. The house Tracy was staying at was condemned.

"I had to move out and I'm staying with someone right now," says Tracy Lofton.

Habitat for Humanity's CEO Connie Cooper says Tracy's family is a great example of who their organization wants to help.

"We select them based on need. Where they are living has to be substandard, over crowded or they are significantly cost burden by high rent," says Connie Cooper.

On Thursday morning, the Louisiana Housing Corporation gave Habitat for Humanity a check for $160,000 and local businesses pitched in to cover the rest of the cost, to build four homes for these four families.

"One-hundred and sixty thousand is underneath what the total cost of what the project is but that's where we are ever grateful for our community partners and sponsors who have pitched in," says Connie Cooper.

These new home owners are the ones who are really grateful for the generous contributions.

"I feel truly blessed. I never thought I would have an opportunity to own my own home and with each nail that is being driven into that board of my new home, I'm one step closer to my dream," says Jackie Chark.

"To all of the people that are making this dream come true, I thank you from the bottom of my heart," says Tracy Lofton.

Although this dirt on Delia Street doesn't look like much now, for people like Tracy and Jackie, they say they see a foundation for a beautiful place they will soon call home.

Construction on the four new homes will begin next week and the goal is to have everyone moved in by Jan. 31.

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