[Blog by Sophia Williams, Development Associate, Special Events & Marketing]
Habitat has another homeowner that closed on their home! As of yesterday, C.J. Butcher is the proud homeowner of 124 Kansas Ave., Ypsilanti 48198.
Before starting his journey with Habitat, C.J. rented for a few years moving from one apartment to another.
“My rent was really expensive. The one I rented just before this had bed bugs when I moved in. I can’t wait to get out,” said C.J.
While renting, C.J. never decorated or really rooted down anywhere. He didn’t want to waste investing his time and money into an apartment that in the end wasn’t really his.
“I had a friend tell me, ‘you can spend your money, or you can invest your money.’ Owning a home is absolutely an investment of your money,” said C.J.
C.J. can now rest easy knowing that he has somewhere that is safe, stable, and a place to call his own.
“It’s a peace of mind owning a home. Everything is calm. I’ve had roommates in the past and now I don’t have to have any roommates! Just owning something is so great. It’s a starting point, a reference point where I can spring board to starting a new life,” said C.J.
One of the things he is looking forward to most is the garden he is going to start. He is anxious to begin planting vegetables that will put his cooking skills to good use. He is also planning to have a small pond like environment for his turtle, Shellanda.
Along with his hobbies of cooking and working on small engines, C.J. is also a dedicated student with a 3.7 GPA enrolled year round. He is currently working on his Associates in Applied Science in Healthcare Program Preparation at WCC.
C.J.’s accomplishment of homeownership is one that was earned through Habitat. He put in over 250 sweat equity hours, a $1,000 down payment, and is paying back a 0% interest mortgage. Congratulations, C.J.!
“Everybody at Habitat was just good people, just so willing to help and truly authentic. I’m glad to meet everyone that I did through Habitat,” said C.J.
Thank you, to everyone who volunteered, donated, or supported the renovation of C.J.’s home in any way. We are so grateful for our supporters. Our mission of providing affordable homeownership wouldn’t be possible without you!