Ground has been broken in southwest Logan where Habitat for Humanity will construct a home to be purchased with an interest-free loan by a low-income family.

Joyce Davis, coordinator of Logan's Habitat chapter, said it is the organization's first home built from scratch in the area. Two older homes were moved to Smithfield and Hyde Park and rehabilitated for low-income families.Davis said 90 percent of the work on the new home will be done by volunteers, and recipients of the home will donate at least 250 hours as "sweat equity."

She said mortgage payments are used to help finance other homes as Habitat continues a mission "to provide decent homes throughout the world for people who otherwise could not afford them."

She said a $2,000 donation by the St. John's Episcopal Church of Logan will help purchase building materials for the project.

The land was purchased from the city in a subdivision that Mayor Newell Daines said was developed for low-income housing with the help of a federal grant.

Daines told about 50 people attending the ceremony Monday that the project is "an example of people in our community being willing to spend valuable time and energy to improve the lives of others in our community who are also our father's children."

State Sen. Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, said he hopes parents will come out with their children to spend a few hours working together where they can see the rewards of their labor.

"We have lost a lot of this in our society and here we have an opportunity to gain it back," he said.