Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia has marked a major milestone. The organization has now served 100 local families since it's beginning in the local area in 1990.

Ground was broken on the home of the 100th family served in the area on Friday. The construction is a special collaboration between Habitat NOVA and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

A local Vietnam veteran sold his property at a deep discount to the Habitat NOVA with the understanding that the land be divided into two new homes — one for him that would eventually be passed back to Habitat NOVA, and the other home to be purchased by a qualifying Habitat NOVA family.

Each 1,600 sq. ft. three bedrooms, two bath homes, will be built to EarthCraft Gold standards and Energy Star certified to ensure energy efficiency and affordability. The homes will be well insulated and air-sealed to save on electrical costs, including the installation of solar panels.

The other home will be built for an immigrant family from Uzbekistan. Currently, the two parents and two children, ages 17 and 11, are living now in a 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment. The kids sleep in a bunk bed that is located in dining room and there is no privacy. The father is a dishwasher and he comes home around 1-2 am every night. He wakes up the children when he fixes something to eat. Only one person can fit in the kitchen. Now, they will soon be able to live in their very own home.

For more than two decades, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia has helped low to moderate-income families build lives and homes for themselves and their children.