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March 21, 2019

Alissa’s new home offers safety and security

In her search for affordable housing, Alissa has always had to make compromises. Two years ago, she was living in a home with serious repair issues—she had no hot water, could not use her shower and the furnace was not safe to operate. When the property owner was foreclosed on, she had to find somewhere to live quickly.

The house she rents now is in better shape—but her neighborhood is not safe. Recently, someone was murdered just a few streets down from her. Since she has lived there, her dog has been taken from her yard three times. She is afraid to even go out at night—“when I get home from work, I stay home,” she says.

All of that is changing now. Today, Alissa dedicated her beautiful Habitat new home–a home which she has spent many hours helping build, and which she will buy with an affordable mortgage.

The path to homeownership hasn’t been easy—Alissa works long hours at her job with Structure Medical and had to have her schedule adjusted to work on her house—but she says all the work was worth it.

Mixed in with that hard work were new experiences and new friends. There were some aspects of the build, like using a power saw, that were intimidating to Alissa, but once she learned how to use it, she says it became fun. Her favorite part, she tells us, was seeing how the different options she selected for her flooring, cabinets and other finishes came together.

Now the work is done, and she is ready to make this house a home—a safe home where her daughter can come to visit, with her brand new grandbaby, and where she can host family for holiday celebrations.

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