July 13, 2015
On Saturday, June 20, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson and Maury Counties (HFHWM) made the American dream a reality for three hard-working single mothers. With the help of friends, family members, and well-wishers, the nonprofit dedicated the last three homes in their Brandenburg Subdivision in Fairview. On June 26, the houses were sold at cost and with zero-interest mortgages to the heads of households Jennifer Aric, LaRhonda Lee, and Tory Ferguson.
“Our spring build season has come to a close, and it has been amazing to see the dedication from our volunteers,” explains HFHWM Volunteer Coordinator Emma Couch. “Over the last three months, 839 volunteers gave 5873 hours to help build these homes. From the various congregations of our Faith Build and Brentwood United Methodist Church to the individual Women Build volunteers, these builds have brought together so many to help these families achieve homeownership.”
All three families were living in unsafe and/or overcrowded conditions with rents hundreds of dollars above the typical Habitat mortgage payment of $595.
“The need for affordable housing in Williamson County couldn’t be greater,” explains Habitat Williamson Director of Family Services Wayne Weaver. “In the last year, Williamson County’s median home price rose from 2.5% percent from $399,950 in January 2014 to $409,000 in January 2015. For many working individuals in our community like teachers, healthcare workers, city/county employees, and those in the service-sector, homeownership is not possible without Habitat.”
Such is the case for one of the build’s future homeowners, Jennifer Aric. Jennifer is a single mother with nine children. Seven of Jennifer’s children still live at home, including a son and daughter who each have a disability. Julia has epilepsy, and Isaiah has been diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta (“brittle bone” disease). Isaiah uses a wheelchair, and his new home includes ADA modifications that will make everyday tasks easier and safer for him and his family. Jennifer has worked alongside hundreds of local women volunteers over the last nine weeks.
“Since the beginning of my journey with Habitat, I have learned so much,” Aric notes. “April came, and the dream I had envisioned for my family became a reality. Here we are at the end phase and it is so surreal. I couldn’t have completed my journey without the help of all the amazing volunteers! Thank you for all your hard work and time! The Women Build has been a life changing experience.”
The $70,000 needed to complete each home was funded through a diverse group of community partners. The Spring Faith Build brought together the efforts of Christ United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Fourth Ave Church of Christ, Lowes Home Improvement, Middle Tennessee Electric Customer Cares, and Saint Andrew Lutheran Church. The second home was sponsored and built completely by Brentwood United Methodist Church. The last residence, the fifth annual Women Build home, was volunteer-built and sponsored by individual Women Build volunteers from all over the County. Two of the homes also received financing and/or funding from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
For additional information or to get involved as a donor or volunteer, please contact Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County at 615-690-8090 or visit www.hfhwm.org.
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