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Alachua Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Two Completed Homes and Welcomes Newest Homeowners

Press release from Alachua Habitat for Humanity

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – For two local families, the big day is almost here. On Thursday, January 12, at 9:30 a.m., Alachua Habitat for Humanity will welcome the new homeowners to their newly constructed homes that they helped to build with their very own hands.

Like all Alachua Habitat homes, these were fueled by volunteers, donors, and future homeowners. Because volunteers gave the gift of their time and their talents and our generous donors gave monetary contributions, these new homeowners will start to pay an affordable mortgage and will achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future.

Alachua Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate barriers to a better, healthier, more financially stable life. Alachua Habitat builds homes for families who have a need for housing, have demonstrated the ability to pay a modest mortgage, and are willing to partner through sweat equity volunteering. These homes are not given away, rather homeowners take on the responsibility of paying a mortgage they can afford. Their sweat equity requirement consists of 250 hours working on their own home, working on the homes of others, and attending homeownership and financial literacy workshops.

Thanks to the generosity of the house sponsors, Eye of the Eagle Wildlife Foundation, Bank of America, and Clay Electric Co-Op, two more Alachua County residents will receive the keys to their new homes. “My two greatest accomplishments are my wonderful children and getting approved for the Alachua Habitat Homeownership Program,” says Curnika, one of the two future Alachua Habitat homeowners. “I would like to tell all supporters, donors, and volunteers of Alachua Habitat how thankful I am for this opportunity to give my children a safe and stable place to call home.”

  • Great story, and of course what an accomplishment for the two families who were able to take advantage of a wonderful program!

    Looking up some prices on Habitat for Humanity home costs, I have to marvel at the difference in their prices compared to what the AC BOCC wants to allow Ability Housing to charge for their “apartment homes, condos, whatever you want to call them”! Depending on the location, approximately $100,000 for a Habitat for Humanity Home (with the prospective owner participating in the actual building process) vs the estimated $260,000 for a AC BOCC sponsored Ability Housing abode!

    Can we expand the Habitat for Homes project in AC?

    Think about it!

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