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Julien and Sarah’s new home marks completion of Mooresville neighborhood

Julien and Sarah are escaping overcrowded conditions for their family of six with the new Habitat home they are purchasing in the Mooresville neighborhood of Burke Crossings. Their home represents the completion of this neighborhood, a collaborative project between Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and the Town of Mooresville.

Donating all of the land for the development to Our Towns Habitat and providing additional funding for home construction, the Town of Mooresville partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to lay infrastructure for the development in 2009.

After completing the first two homes, the original developer could not fulfill requirements to sell the homes to qualifying families and in 2014 the Town of Mooresville turned to Our Towns Habitat for assistance with the remaining 21 homes.

“This is one of the most enjoyable things I have done since being elected a commissioner for the Town of Mooresville,” said Town Commissioner Barbara Whittington, as she presented the couple with their house keys. “We are delighted with our partnership with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.”

The development is named for Mooresville native Dr. Selma Burke, a pioneering African-American sculptor who was influential in the Harlem Renaissance movement, and whose bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt can be found in Washington, D.C. and on the U.S. dime.

Located within Cascade Mill Village, the neighborhood once had dirt roads, high crime rates and was primarily renter-occupied with mill homes falling into disrepair. Today, the new Our Towns Habitat homes are LEED-certified for energy efficiency and feature long-lasting, sustainable metal roofs.

“We are proud that the homes we build are not just affordable, but sustainable., said Chris Ahearn, chief executive officer for Our Towns Habitat. “They are built to last, and our energy efficiency standards keep homeowner utility payments low, while also preserving our environmental resources. That commitment to sustainability is echoed by the Town of Mooresville.”

The final home of the development now belongs to Julien Kitambala and Sarah Mbala and their four children.

Julien and Sarah contributed 400 sweat equity hours and attended homeownership classes to receive the key to their family’s new home, all while Julien worked fulltime as a custodian for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. The home will allow them to become more self-reliant as they move out of subsidized housing and begin paying an affordable mortgage.

“I am looking forward to living in something that I know is ours and having the freedom to take care of the home,” said Julien.

Assisting with sponsorship of the family’s home was the Town of Mooresville, the Levine Foundation and Quinnipiac University’s College Challenge team.

Through Our Towns Habitat’s homeownership program, greater Lake Norman area residents partner with Habitat to build their own home alongside volunteers, then pay a mortgage they can afford. Your donation today can help build more homes for the 30+ future homeowners on our waiting list.

Builder’s Chic–the newest fashion trend!

Forget flipping the pages of Vogue to see what’s hot–we’ve got the latest “builder’s chic” looks right here! What is “builder’s chic,” you ask? It’s the fashion trend you don’t want to miss–the only style that helps build affordable homes, and the preferred attire for the 2018 inaugural Builder’s Bash! Pair your favorite party duds with construction-inspired accessories, and you are runway ready! To help you plan your own builder’s chic outfit, check out these options, modeled by our very own Homeowner Services fashionistas and our oh-so-dapper Construction team. Special thanks to FlairTrade Consign and Hampton’s Men’s Clothing for styling our models!

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Crosland partners with Our Towns Habitat to present Builder’s Bash

Charlotte-based real estate company Crosland is helping create affordable housing solutions in the greater Lake Norman area by partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity to present the inaugural Builder’s Bash gala fundraiser Saturday, September 8.

The Builder’s Bash, “the only party that builds a home,” seeks to raise enough money to fully fund at least one new Habitat home. Tickets are on sale now at, at $100 per person. Those unable to attend may make a donation or register to bid through a mobile platform on the event website.

Presenting sponsor, Crosland, is uniquely tied to Habitat for Humanity and its mission, having supported Habitat’s affordable housing efforts in the Charlotte area since 1983. The company’s former president and current board chairman, Paul Leonard, will be recognized along with his wife Judy during the event for their more than 30-year commitment to Habitat. The Leonards will be honored with Our Towns Habitat’s “Founder’s Award” at the Bash.

Paul and Judy Leonard have both served in various leadership roles at the Our Towns Habitat and Charlotte Habitat affiliates and have volunteered on Habitat builds across the globe. Paul has served on the Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) board of directors, U.S. Council and as interim HFHI CEO from 2004 to 2005.

The Builder’s Bash offers a festive cocktail party event, with a live and silent auction to raise money for new home construction. Guests will have the opportunity to hear firsthand accounts about the power of homeownership from Habitat homeowners.

“We believe that a house is more than four walls and a roof,” said Our Towns Habitat CEO Chris Ahearn. “It is a foundation that helps families build a stable financial future in a safe, decent home. The result is often more educational and economic opportunities and better health. We are committed to increasing our impact by helping more families realize their dream of homeownership.”

Within Our Towns’ service area of northern Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, three of every 10 households are living in housing they cannot afford, forcing families to make hard choices between rent and transportation, food and health care.

Through Our Towns Habitat’s homeownership program, greater Lake Norman area residents partner with Habitat to build their own home alongside volunteers, then pay a mortgage they can afford. Homeowners also invest 400 or more “sweat equity” hours working on their own home and other Habitat homes, completing homeowner education courses, and volunteering in Habitat ReStores.

Built on a model of partnership, Our Towns Habitat hopes that the Builder’s Bash will be an opportunity for community members to come together to support affordable housing.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Builder’s Bash are still available. For more information, visit or contact Director of Development Sarah Gray at 704-896-8957, ext. 103.

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