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Participants of self-help housing program move in

SMITHFIELD (The Herald Journal) — Sitting in a new house on a couch surrounded by halfway unpacked boxes, Angela and Jason Krambule took a brief a break from cleaning their newly vacated apartment in Logan.

But for these two — and 11 other couples who moved into brand new houses in western Smithfield over the weekend — it’s not such a new house to them. There are already hundreds of memories inside their walls.

“I have loved this home for a long time,” Angela says, looking around. “I don’t think I would appreciate a home that we had just purchased as much.”

The Krambules are part of the first group of homebuilders to participate in Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation’s self-help housing program in Smithfield. Director Kim Datwyler said the group — a larger phase than normal — built their homes faster than most: 12 homes in 11 months.

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