BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - For 16 low-income families, today was a day they'll never forget as they received the keys to their brand-new homes.

Habitat for Humanity built these homes so that the families can move out of the unsafe and unhealthy homes where they were forced to live because of their income.

The organization requires the families receiving assistance to put in at least 300 hours helping build their own homes, something they say teaches them a lot about home maintenance.

Habitat for Humanity says it plans to build at least another 100 homes in Brooklyn for other low-income families.