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Jul 15 2022

Habitat’s Historic Season Continues: 36 Qualified Families Accepted

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I’m building it. I’m buying it.

This year has been a year of historic milestones at Habitat! Not only are we building 19 homes this season, we have also accepted 36 new families into the Habitat Homeownership Program — the largest group ever in a single season since our affiliate was founded in 1986.

2022 Partner Family group
  • After 36 years, our Habitat affiliate is just stepping into its potential,” said Andrew Gritzmaker, CEO at Habitat GFW. “The need for safe, decent, and affordable housing has never been greater — we’re seeing families priced out of homes due to the current market. These are hard-working families who are gainfully employed and have great track records for paying their bills on time, they’re just not quite to the point of bankability or can’t find a house that meets their family’s needs based on their family size.”

  • “What excites me the most is the hands-on construction work — I get to help build my own house,” said Amber, 2022 Habitat partner family. “I’m also in need of help with finances and budgeting, so I’m looking forward to learning and receiving help through Habitat’s classes.”

Habitat partner family orientation at Indiana Tech

Habitat partner family orientation at Indiana Tech

Angie speaking at orientation
  • “The staff at Habitat wants everyone in this room to succeed,” encouraged Angie. “They will do whatever they can to help you throughout this process — even if it’s as simple as asking them to pray for you.”

Lauren McCammon, Homeowner Services Manager

Lauren McCammon, Homeowner Services Manager

  • “There’s such a palpable excitement each time we bring on new families to the program,” described Lauren McCammon, Homeowner Services Manager at Habitat GFW. “That first night we’re all in a room together makes the dream of homeownership that much more real — we had several families ready to begin their sweat equity hours on the construction site the next day!”

    Lauren McCammon Headshot

Each qualified Habitat partner family is required to complete up to 250 hours of sweat equity, pay $1,000 toward the purchase of their home before closing, and attend eight financial and homeowner education classes throughout a 12-to-18-month period. After completing the program, families close on their homes and pay an affordable mortgage through Habitat. Now 36 more families are working toward owning their own home with a mortgage that fits into their budget.

Thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and community supporters who make affordable homeownership possible for each and every Habitat family in our community. Special thanks to IndianaTech for sharing their space with us.

2022 Partner Families are already on the job site:

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