Kim Smith, Habitat Homeowner Since June 4, 2015
Kim Smith is the proud homeowner of 1210 Desoto Ave., Ypsilanti. She found out about Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley through a coworker, who encouraged her to apply.
“I didn’t even know that being an independent homeowner was something I wanted before going through the process. No one can take this from me; I finally have safety and security,” said Kim.
Having been a co-homeowner before, Kim could see the futility of paying rent. She didn’t want to waste her money on something that in the end, wasn’t really her own.
“I might as well take a lighter to my check and burn it up. Renting is pretty much wasted money,” said Kim. “This way, it’s my home and as long as I keep up with my payments, no one can take it from me. No one can say, ‘you wouldn’t have that if it weren’t for me.’”
Kim earned her home through Habitat by completing 250 sweat equity hours, making a $1,000 down payment, and continuing to make monthly mortgage payments. Security is Kim’s favorite thing about homeownership. She knows that when she comes home, everything is exactly as she left it.
“It’s safe. It’s comfort,” said Kim. “Working with the people at Habitat is an amazing experience that you can’t put into words until you actually do it. That house was so full of love even before I moved in. I would recommend Habitat to anyone.”
Congratulations Kim on one year of homeownership!