Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is happy to welcome D’Angelo, his wife, Tierra, and their children Gabriella (7), Arianna (5), Mar’riana (3), and Josiah (1) into the Homeownership Program.
D’Angelo is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but relocated to Columbia, TN in high school. He was raised in a close-knit family, always playing games with his younger brother and sister. Tierra grew up in Columbia, TN alongside her five siblings. She sadly lost her father at a young age, so her family had to frequently move throughout her childhood. For her, providing a stable, permanent space for their family to call home is truly a blessing.
D’ Angelo currently works at Magna Seating of Spring Hill as a utility floater and aspires to attend trade school for industrial maintenance and one day hopes to start his own business. His wife, Tierra, has her hands full as a stay-at-home mom for their four lively children.
In his spare time, D’Angelo enjoys fishing, hunting, working on cars, and spending time with his kids. His favorite activity, of course, is being a father. “We like being adventurous and doing things together as a family,” he states. Tierra loves to cook and is excited to prepare home-cooked meals in her own kitchen.
This home is a dream come true for the Bettis family. Although becoming homeowners has been a lifelong goal for the Bettis family, they were not able to qualify for traditional mortgage options. The family’s present living conditions are unsafe and overcrowded, resulting in their three daughters sharing a cramped bedroom.
Through the Habitat Homeownership Program, his children will finally have bedrooms of their own and the Bettis family will have a safe space where they will make lasting memories together.
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is happy to welcome De’Sheria McClain, her son, Jaiden (15), and her daughter, Kamiyah (8) to the Homeownership Program.
Born and raised in Columbia, TN, De’Sheria attended Columbia Central High School before earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tennessee State University.
De’Sheria works as a program case manager for South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, a non-profit that specializes in reentry, workforce development, and literacy.
Through her role, she connects clients with the resources and community support they need to succeed. From rehab facilities or transitional housing to counseling, clothing, or education opportunities.
“My favorite part of my job is seeing when someone achieves one of their goals or gets the proper help they were needing. To see people, smile about getting their GED or graduating from rehab is always a great feeling,” she shares.
After renting apartments for the past eight years, the McClain family is excited to have a permanent place to call home. “Owning a home will provide a safe environment for my children, stability, and a place to always come back to.” she remarks.
De’Sheria is looking forward to hosting holidays, having more space for their pets, and spending quality time together as a family playing games and doing karaoke.
“I want to let you know how much I appreciate everyone giving me this opportunity for a new start for me and my family. The path to homeownership has been a goal of mine for quite a while and I am excited about what is to come next. I could not have done this without your help.”
Congratulations, McClain family!
The Causes & Complications of the Housing Crisis
In recent years, the world has witnessed a growing housing crisis that has left millions of people struggling to find stable and affordable homes.
This crisis, driven by a complex interplay of economic, social, and policy factors, has far-reaching consequences on individuals, families, and communities. Let’s dive into the roots of the housing crisis, its impact on society, and potential solutions to address this pressing issue.
Understanding the Housing Crisis
The housing crisis is not an isolated problem; it is a multifaceted issue with several key factors at play. Firstly, urbanization and population growth have concentrated people in cities, causing a surge in demand for housing in urban areas.
Simultaneously, stagnant wages and rising living costs have made it increasingly difficult for many to afford decent homes, leading to a sharp increase in homelessness and housing instability. We have found that many of the families that enter our program are forced to live a considerable distance from their workplace to find housing within their budget.
Secondly, speculative real estate practices and property investment have contributed to soaring property prices, often pricing out first-time homebuyers and exacerbating rental market difficulties. Additionally, gentrification and the conversion of affordable housing into luxury developments have further displaced vulnerable communities, increasing socio-economic disparities.
The Impact on Society
The consequences of the housing crisis ripple across various aspects of society. Families struggling to secure stable housing often face increased stress and financial strain, impacting mental and physical health, as well as their children’s education. Homelessness can lead to a cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement, while overcrowded living conditions diminish the quality of life.
The crisis also hampers economic growth. High housing costs force individuals to allocate more of their income to housing, leaving less for spending on goods and services, which ultimately affects consumer-driven economies. Moreover, a lack of affordable housing in major urban centers can hinder workforce mobility and talent attraction, further stalling economic development.
Addressing the housing crisis requires a comprehensive approach that involves governments, policymakers, and communities working in tandem. Here are some potential solutions:
- Affordable Housing Initiatives: Governments can actively invest in affordable housing projects, providing incentives to developers who commit to building affordable units.
- Rent Control and Tenant Protections: Implementing fair rent control policies and providing robust tenant protections can safeguard renters from arbitrary rent hikes and eviction threats, fostering stable living conditions.
- Zoning and Land Use Reform: Reevaluating zoning regulations can help unlock the potential for higher-density housing in urban areas, making better use of available land and reducing sprawl. It can also encourage mixed-use developments that promote vibrant communities.
- Homelessness Prevention Programs: Governments and nonprofits can implement targeted programs to prevent homelessness, offering support to individuals and families at risk of losing their homes.
- Promoting Alternative Housing Models: Exploring and supporting alternative housing models, such as co-housing, tiny homes, and community land trusts, can offer more affordable and sustainable living options.
The housing crisis is not an insurmountable problem, but it demands urgent and collaborative action from all sectors of society. By addressing the root causes of the crisis, fostering affordable housing initiatives, and implementing sensible policies, we can begin to unravel the tangled web of the housing market crisis. Only then can we hope to create a future where everyone has access to safe, stable, and affordable housing – a fundamental human right that is crucial for the well-being and prosperity of our communities.