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Habitat adds 15 homes for year

DaShanda Player and her family received the keys to their new Lexington Habitat for Humanity house at 745 Breathitt Ave. on Sunday, making her the first person in her family to a home.

The house was built by Player and volunteers from the University of Kentucky Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, the Panhellenic Council, and the Kentucky Interfraternity Chapter. These student groups provided more than 3,000 volunteer hours to build the home. They also raised $42,500.

This was the final of 11 Lexington Habitat homes funded by a $421,141 Affordable Housing Program grant.

Player works at UK and has four children — Lamar, Robneisha, Paul and Justice. She also has a grandson, Lamar, Jr.

Lexington Habitat is an ecumenical, Christian housing ministry that builds and renovates homes for low-income families at no profit and with zero-interest mortgages. In 2011, Lexington Habitat served 15 families, bringing the total number of families served since 1986 to 355.

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