By Alicia Davidson, Daily Memphian
New Habitat for Humanity homeowner Andreah Simpson reads the “Dedication of Home” at the Homebuyer Event in North Memphis, where 13 families became homeowners. (Patrick Lantrip/The Daily Memphian)
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis welcomed 13 local families into homeownership at a Homebuyer Celebration event at Dave Wells Community Center at 915 Chelsea Ave. Saturday, July 23.
Memphis Habitat staff and community members were joined by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, who is a former Memphis Habitat board member, and Jennifer Sharp, Policy and Communications Fellow for Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.
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CEO of Memphis Habitat Dwayne Spencer said while the previous celebrations were called a “Homeowner Celebration,” the title didn’t quite capture the significance of the event.
“We really want to emphasize the word homebuyer. They’re not renting, they’re moving from a rental situation to home ownership and buying their first home,” Spencer said. “We intend to celebrate and welcome them to this community.”
Memphis Habitat has been working in the North Memphis area for nearly a decade and has built over 150 houses with numerous sponsors, including Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), FedEx and International Paper.
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