New homeowner says his life is changed

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Indianapolis, Ind. (August 21, 2015) - Two families saw their dreams of homeownership come true Friday morning when Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity dedicated newly-built homes to them.

Unlike the previous five years at the Indiana State Fair, providing one home to a family in need, this year Habitat partnered with Indiana’s agriculture community to build two homes in 14 days.

"I can’t even put into words the way I felt seeing this come about and just in a matter of a couple of weeks from scratch to finish," said Malachi Smith. "I've never seen something pull together that fast and from the beginning I said, wow, this is going to be mine. It's just awesome."

Smith is the recipient of this year's FOX 59 Habitat build. He is a retired army sergeant. An illness caused his wife to stop working. They have three children and a grandchild on the way.

Smith's family and the second homeowner, Alexis Hardin, completed more than 300 hours of sweat equity, including financial and home maintenance classes, and hours spent helping to build their home and other Habitat homes.

More than 850 volunteers from 30 sponsors dedicated more than 4,000 hours to help build the two homes.

State fair attendees were able to watch the progress and tour the homes.

The houses will be moved to permanent locations in the Near North and Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhoods.