While most people went on vacation this summer, Walton County Habitat For Humanity personnel spent the summer working and planning for the upcoming year.

Every year Habitat wraps up construction in early May with Women Build Week and then spend the summer budget planning, helping families through the Habitat ownership application process, and determining the number of homes to build in the coming year.

"We spent our summer permitting and getting the land ready for this upcoming build season," said Executive Director Teresa Imdieke. "Summer is when we get everything ready to go to family selection. It's always an exciting time for us and our families."

Families will be selected by the end of August.

Habitat plans to build four new homes before July 2018. Two will be built in Santa Rosa Beach and two in Defuniak Springs. They hope to begin building in October.

This past year was a big one as they celebrated 20 years of building homes in Walton County and partnered with five families in their journeys to home ownership — the most the organization has ever built in Walton County. They have now built 46 homes in their 20 years.

For those in need of housing assistance, funding is available, as are helping hands.

Habitat For Humanity is the benefactor for this year's Bloody Mary Fest at the Market Shops at Sandestin on Oct. 7.