In an unusual turn of events, the original family selected for the home in Keeseville could no longer commit to moving in, said Burrell.
"Their situation changed where they weren't able to take the home," said Burrell, noting how the unusually long timetable for the project proved difficult for them.
Mallernee heard about the opening and applied for the house in March. Because the house was near completion, she will have to contribute her own "sweat equity" by doing landscaping work on the property and helping construct the next CVHFH home already under construction in Rouses Point.
"I'm very grateful to Habitat for the opportunity to have a house," she said.
Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity will hold their next major fundraiser with a golf tournament Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the North Country Golf Club in Rouses Point. To sign up to play or sponsor a hole, call 297-2582.