DEARBORN,Mich -

For the first time, Habitat for Humanity is building 12 single family homes on vacant city-owned lots in Dearborn.

The $1.5 million dollar project is funded by a Wayne County redevelopment grant.

The homes, with no-interest mortgages, are to be sold to veterans or victims of domestic abuse who live in Wayne County and are eligible applicants through Habitat's home ownership program.

Dearborn Mayor John O'Reilly says, "We're proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity Detroit and ACCESS on this project to provide new housing opportunities to victims of domestic abuse and veterans."

The ranch-style homes will have a 4-bedroom layout, plus two bathrooms and a full basement.

The first six homes are to be built in the area of Maple Street just north of Warren Avenue.

Habitat for Humanity estimates that it will take 90-110 days to complete each home.

Construction is scheduled to begin on April 16.