Little Dixie Program Hits Landmark

7-13-06 A self-help housing program in southern Oklahoma has reached a mile-stone over thirty years in the making. Little Dixie Housing helps low-income families construct their own homes and in Hugo on Thursday, the doors to house number 1500 were opened.

That's the Morris family. They are the lucky recipients of number 1500. It's a milestone that Little Dixie Housing Director Ron Walker says took thirty two years to reach.

Many state and local officials were there to take part in the celebration. The very first self-help house they built was in Hugo and cost a little less than $10,000 to build.

Times have changed, but since 1974, thousands of people have wanted one of these very special homes.

Nationwide, the families that participate in the mutual self-help project get their hands dirty, too. They help in about 65 percent of the work during the houses construction.