The convent had been vacant since 2006, and although Habitat became interested in it when it was first on the market, someone made an offer first. When that deal fell through, Habitat made another offer.
Habitat has two work days when volunteers donate labor and materials, as well as architectural, legal, and energy-consulting services, Mason said.
Building the 10 units is the biggest project done by Habitat in Greater Lawrence and Haverhill since its founding in 1985. Since then, they have built 69 homes and have 14 home constructions underway.
“It’s a lot of work but at the end it will be worth it because it belongs to you and you put a lot of time, work and effort in it,” Arache said.
How to apply for a Habitat home:
Attend an information meeting by calling Roxanna at 978-681-8858 to register.
Participate in all Habitat home educational workshops.
Contribute between 240 and 360 “sweat equity hours” in working on building their home.
Pay closing costs estimated to be about $2,400.
Participate in the management of a condominium association where applicable