Habitat for Humanity building new homes for veterans

Wallace Bailey
Wallace Bailey

By Tannya Joaquin - bio | email

PAPAKOLEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are more than a dozen volunteers helping to build a house from the ground up in Papakolea. It's part of the Hammers for Heroes program.

It's music to the ears of disabled veteran Wallace Bailey. He was more than happy to show off his new four bedroom home.

It's still a work in progress, but Wallace already has mapped out everything. "Right here is the kitchen, this is where I'll be watching football," said Bailey.

Bailey is one of 21 veterans picked by Habitat for Humanity to receive a house.

"Good good man, and he's there right with me. He takes the outside, I take the inside so take a look at it. Looks great," said Danyl McGarrl.

Volunteers make sure of that. When it's done, it will be home to Wallace, his wife, son, daughter and grandson. Their mortgage will average about $500 per month.

"I'm very happy for being a veteran and having a home built and I'm not hopeless. I have a home," said Bailey.

Wallace especially can't wait to see the look on his seven year-old grandson's face. "He said 'Grandma I've got my own room. Grandpa, I got my own TV?' Yeah. You got everything."

The Baileys should get the keys and start to move in by February.

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