36 students from Great Falls High and C.M.Russell will spend the next several months building a home from the ground up. Through this program- the result of a partnership between NeighborWorks Great Falls and Great Falls Public School- the students will gain real-world, hands-on experience that will set them up for a career in trades. This year will mark the 46th affordable home in Great Falls built by high school students. The build is located at 1301 3rd Ave S, the final lot on the former Kranz property.
Once the home is completed, NeighborWorks Great Falls will work with potential buyers to prepare them for homeownership. This includes homebuyer education and tailored financial counseling sessions. The buyer must also be a first-time homebuyer in the community, which can result in first-generation homeownership.
The finished home will be revealed in May during an open house event. Not only do students build the house, but they also design the interior to include the paint colors, countertops, and flooring. The interior design students from the two high schools submit their designs for voting and the winning design board is used in the home.
This year, Governor Gianforte joined us to support the students and recognize Pete Pace with GFPS for his outstanding work.
Learn more about the program here: nwgf.org/highschoolhouse