Refugee Family First Time Homeowners

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 3:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Buffalo family, who has found refuge in America from Nepal, are now the owners of a brand new home on the West Side.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers and students at McKinley High School worked to build the home for the Tiwari family over the past year.

This is the first home the family has ever owned.

The Tiwari's pitched in over 500 hours of labor on the project.

Sweat equity is a requirement for Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity Buffalo has built 12 homes in the city over the past year.

There is a cost for homeowners. They are required to pay a zero interest 30 year mortgage which represents the actual cost of materials to construct the home.