By the end of this month, we will have handed over the keys of six newly renovated or built houses in Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor and say “welcome home” to six Habitat homebuyers. Each of the six families or individuals living in Washtenaw County have completed ‘sweat equity’ hours, which includes helping work on Habitat homes, participating in home maintenance classes and receiving one-on-one financial education classes. Each qualified Habitat homeowner will purchase the homes from Habitat Huron Valley with an affordable mortgage. The closings will mark the sale of 19 houses to Habitat homebuyers in the last fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2018.
“We believe that strong and stable homes build strong and stable communities,” said Sarah Stanton, Executive Director of Habitat Huron Valley. “We are thrilled to provide affordable homeownership to families and individuals of low income in an effort to stabilize our neighborhoods and provide opportunities for growth. We are grateful for every hand that has helped make these houses a home.”
To honor each Habitat homeowner, we hosted a Dedication Open House, where volunteers, sponsors and supporters will celebrated the homeowner’s achievement. The May 24 Women Build house dedication for Shawna Swoffer will mark the final dedication during this month. Other dedications include Diane Goff’s home on Bud Avenue in Ypsilanti, sponsored by the J Ferrantino Foundation; the Ponce Family’s home on Hunter Avenue in Ypsilanti, one of two houses sponsored by Toyota Motor North America – Research and Development; the Hickman Family’s home on Jeff Avenue in Ypsilanti, our first new build in several years; the Sowe Family’s home on Hull Avenue, sponsored by the House of Faith; and our Ann Arbor house for a family of four, sponsored by Zingerman’s Community of Businesses.