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Wanda, Future Habitat Homeowner, Princeton

Wanda, a single mom of two adult sons, has been living in Camden for many years. The Brooklyn native works for the NJ Turnpike Authority and travels around the state for her job. As she explored different regions of New Jersey over the years, Wanda had always dreamed of having a home in a neighborhood where her family felt safe to come visit.

Wanda’s dreams came true when she was approved to purchase a duplex in Princeton, NJ, through our Affordable Homeownership Program. Never did she believe she’d be able to afford her own home in Princeton! Her two bedroom unit will be perfect to host gatherings with her sons, who have begun families of their own. She’s most excited about having a front porch to relax and enjoy getting to know the neighbors.

 

Walter, Habitat Repairs Recipient, Mt. Holly

Walter, a disabled, 72-year-old Vietnam War veteran, was left in the cold when he discovered his boiler was broken last winter. With a fixed income of $1356 a month, he couldn’t afford to replace it.

Walter and his black lab, Scout, spent the coldest months of the year huddled around an old electric space heater in the house he paid off after 30 years. He searched for assistance programs that still had funding, but was coming up short. Finally, Walter contacted Congressman Andy Kim, who turned him toward Habitat BMC.

Through Habitat’s Critical Home Repair Program, Walter now has a new heating system and will enjoy watching the snow fall from his favorite chair in his cozy house.

 

Erika, Habitat Homeowner, Evesham

Erika and her three school-aged children were living in an overcrowded, unsafe neighborhood when she heard about Habitat’s affordable homeownership program through her daughter’s school.

Though working full time as a patient care technician, Erica knew she could find time to complete the 250 sweat equity hours required. She was determined to put in the work in order to purchase the beautiful four bedroom house that Habitat was building in Evesham.

The family closed on their home just in time for her oldest daughter, who serves in the military, to spend the holidays together.

 

Brandon, Habitat Homeowner, Mount Laurel

Brandon, a college graduate, was employed full time in the computer technology industry, but his income was short of qualifying for a traditional mortgage.

He was living with his five-year-old son at his aunt and uncle’s house while he searched for a safe, affordable place to live. When Brandon heard about Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership Program, he applied right away.

Brandon was accepted and purchased a two bedroom affordable home in Mount Laurel from Habitat. His happiest day as a father, he told us, was when he showed his son his very own bedroom for the first time. They love their community and everything it has to offer.

 

Princess and Lonnie, Habitat Homeowner, Mount Holly

Princess, Lonnie, and their three children fell on tough times, lost their home, and had to move in with family. They did the best they could living together in an overcrowded, converted garage.

Despite their daily challenges, their faith gave them hope for the future. One day, after seeing a flyer in their son’s daycare, the family of five applied to, and was accepted into, Habitat’s homeownership program. They worked alongside Habitat staff and volunteers to achieve over 400 sweat equity hours rehabbing their future house in Mt. Holly. They also learned new budgeting skills in the financial education course.

At their home dedication the family planted a tree in their yard, symbolizing how living things can thrive with the love and support of community.