Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County and its newest partner family celebrated breaking ground June 23 on the organization’s fourth home build.

While some site work has already been completed on the property, which is located at 86 Old County Road, the bulk of the construction will proceed over the next 12 weeks, Meg Klingelhofer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County, said.

The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home will be about 1,200 square feet once it’s completed, and is built with a focus on being energy-efficient, Klingelhofer said.

This year’s build differed slightly from past builds in that Habitat for Humanity had land donated to the organization in three different towns — Belfast, Monroe and Searsport. Applicants were able to choose the town where they wanted to build their new home.

After fielding numerous inquiries and selecting several potential partners, the organization chose Brandi Brown and her two daughters, 6-year-old Dilyla and 3-year-old Dayzi.

Brown said she has spent years looking for a home for herself and her daughters but was unable to find anything that would work for her budget. In fact, at one point she was even approved for a loan but the monthly payment was too much.

Fortunately, Brown’s mom happened to see a post on Facebook that the local Habitat for Humanity chapter was looking for a partner family. She posted a link to Brown’s Facebook page and Brown decided to apply.

Families are selected based on their level of need, willingness to become partners in the program and ability to repay the loan, according to Habitat for Humanity's website. The organization notes that it does not give the homes away; instead, families purchase the home through affordable monthly mortgage payments.

Brown was eventually contacted for a final home visit, during which she was surprised to find out she was selected to partner with the organization to have a home constructed. She said her daughters are particularly excited because they will be able to have their own rooms.

“It’s a great program,” Brown said, “and it makes it (home ownership) affordable for people who can’t do it on their own.”

To date, Habitat for Humanity has completed builds in Belfast, Searsmont and Searsport. Klingelhofer said the organization continues working toward building one new home a year.