The Northeast Community Action Corporation has developed a program to give eligible low and middle income families a new opportunity for home ownership.

NECAC has partnered with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Carpenters Union District Council of Greater St. Louis to launch the Aspire Partnership Homes Program.

Under the Aspire program, federal prisoners build affordable houses within the penitentiary walls that are then sold to qualified Missouri home buyers.

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The homes that will be built are ranch-style, two bedroom, one bathroom homes that will be about 1,000 square feet.

If need be, NECAC will work with potential home owners to secure a lot, along with contractors to do the finishing work on the home.

Officials expect inmates to begin building homes by this fall. In the meantime, individuals or families who would like to apply for a home through the Aspire program can call the NECAC office in Bowling Green.

Carla Potts, Deputy Director for Housing Development for NECAC was a guest on KHMO's Talk Back: