PATERSON, NJ – After a contingent of Patersonians went to Kenya to help put the finishing touches on Habitat for Humanity’s 500,000th home worldwide, a crew of sweat volunteers began work this week on N. 4th Street on the organization’s 500,001st dwelling.

The nonprofit group already has built more than 225 homes in Paterson, most of them in the 1st Ward. The group now is making a shift in its focus to the 4th Ward.

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The start of construction of the N. 4th Street house was a cause for celebration for the organization. The group is taking donations to help that project. For example, $50 would cover the cost of an interior door, while $500 would cover an energy-efficient water heater and $5,000 the construction of a whole bedroom for a child, according to Habitat's website

The 500,001st home is being built for Felicia Allen, 36, a single mother of three, according to a story on