Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home to Iraqi family

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A family that immigrated to Charlottesville is one step closer to owning a home.

After several hours of work and rehabilitation, Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home on Towne Lane to the Aboud family.

They immigrated to Charlottesville from Iraq, and have been struggling to find a permanent place to live because of the area's high cost of living.

They applied for help through Habitat for Humanity, which helps fix up homes that have been recently foreclosed on in older neighborhoods.

Habitat says this is a major stepping stone for the Abouds.

"What you're starting to see is landlord absenteeism," said Dan Rosensweig, president and CEO. "These neighborhoods that were historically owner occupied, you're starting to see that erode a little bit, and what we've seen in town after town is when that starts to happen, you start to see donut holes in disinvestment."

Habitat for Humanity says this is just one part of a bigger project to help build homes for people and make them more affordable.

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