CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- Veteran, reservist, active-duty military. If you or a family member are any of those, a new home could be yours.

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads is looking for a military family that plans to make Southside its permanent home as part of the organization's Habitat for Heroes initiative.

Habitat for Heroes offers affordable housing solutions for veteran and active duty military families in the South Hampton Roads community.

Habitat wants a service member to become a Habitat homeowner in 2018, moving into a planned home construction in Western Branch with his/her family. Habitat said future homes in cities other than Chesapeake are a possibility, also.

Potential homeowners have to have good credit and be able to pay a monthly mortgage on the three-bedroom, one-and-a half bathroom house that measures 1,200 square feet.

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads requires that successful applicants take home buying courses and commit at least 200 “sweat equity” hours by either building a home or volunteering in the Habitat for Humanity Restore, the organization’s nonprofit home improvement store and donation center.

People interested in applying can contact Family Service Director Emily Sanchez at (757) 837-0084 or via email.

Sanchez said the initiative was created to make home ownership affordable for military families.

"We have a huge military presence here, we are so grateful and we just want to be able to serve them like they have been serving us all these years," said Sanchez.

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. During the past three decades, the group has built more than 220 homes in Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Those homes include nine built through the Habitat for Heroes initiative.

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