Kim Smith- one year of homeownership.

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!

The Smith Family- one year of homeownership.

Shawn and Jessica Smith, Habitat Homeowners Since June 29, 2015

Shawn and Jessica Smith have two boys, Jonathan, 5, and Jordan, 3, who now have a safe place to grow and play. The Smith Family has been in their home for an entire year! That is a full year of having a backyard to play in and a safe place to come home for dinner.

“We liked Habitat because they renovated homes and are establishing neighborhoods. That was our ultimate goal – not just to have safe housing, but to be in a community. Our previous neighborhood was too scary to even go trick-or-treating. This year, the boys could play outside for the first time and I didn’t have to worry. They feel safe and secure, and we love that this is a place we own,” said Jessica.

This past year was Jonathan’s first year in kindergarten. Before moving into his Habitat home, Jonathan said he was looking forward to, “having friends who are my neighbors.” Jordan was looking forward to playing outside, something the boys couldn’t do in their previous neighborhood.

In fall of 2014, a series of tests and scans revealed that Jonathan has an acute aneurysm on the brain. This news almost broke the families spirit but Jonathan said, “It’s okay. I will still be able to play outside at our big, big house.”

Congratulations Smith Family on one year of homeownership!