MEMPHIS, TENN. (Nov. 8, 2017) – Between Nov. 2 and 4, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis dedicated 10 new homes in the Oakhaven neighborhood near Memphis International Airport. During the ceremonies, sponsors and volunteers came together to celebrate the local families who worked to build and buy their first homes.
Habitat’s work in Oakhaven started with its first planned development – 38-home Trinity Park – which was completed in 2012. The organization returned to the neighborhood in fall 2015 and built six new homes just south of Trinity Park.
“We were thrilled to return to Oakhaven and complete 10 more new homes with our homebuyer families and local volunteers,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Strong and stable homes help build strong and stable communities, and with the help of all the sponsors and volunteers this build season, 10 more families are on the path to developing strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.”
Like all Habitat homeowners, the families buying homes this fall will purchase them through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program. In order to purchase those homes, applicants must meet Habitat’s criteria of need and ability to repay the mortgage; receive multi-week financial and homebuyer education; and help build their own homes. House-building sponsors make Habitat’s new homeownership opportunities possible by providing volunteer time and financial support for the program, which helps pay for home construction costs, pre- and post-purchase training and support for families and other programmatic costs.
“The dedication ceremony is always such an exciting event – recognizing the months and sometimes years of effort by families to buy homes through Habitat’s affordable mortgage program,” Spencer said. “Through shelter, we empower, and I want to again thank all the sponsors, community partners, volunteers and friends who helped make all this possible and who returned to share in this moment with these first-time homebuyers on such a special day.”
Sponsors supporting Memphis Habitat’s building efforts this fall were AutoZone; Bank of Bartlett; Ed and Sue Clark; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; FedEx Corporation; Germantown United Methodist Church – in Memory of Janet Milewski; Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee; ServiceMaster; Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Housing Trust Fund; First Tennessee; Germantown Presbyterian Church; American Snuff Company; Michael Burnett; International Paper; Pinnacle Financial Partners; Raymond James Financial; Stratas Foods LLC; Thomas & Betts; Wells Fargo Housing Foundation; CBRE; C.H. Robinson; Cummins, Inc; Holy Rosary Catholic Church; Mahaffey Tent & Event Rentals; Orgill, Inc.; St. Luke Lutheran Church; GP Cellulose – Memphis; Grace United Methodist Church; McKesson Pharmaceuticals; Millstone Medical; Nike Tennessee, Inc.; Owens Corning; and Zimmer Biomet.
Additional build support was provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Chick-Fil-A; Christ the King Lutheran Church; Crestview Collection; E-Box; East Memphis Kiwanis; Germantown High School; Holiday Ham; Huey’s Restaurants; Humdingers; Hunter Fan; Junior League of Memphis; Moe’s Southwest Grill; P&G; Regions Bank; SSR, Inc.; Valspar; Webb Wilson/The People’s Republic of Swinea; Whirlpool; and Yale Lock.
Memphis Habitat is currently seeking support for its 2018 home-building efforts. For information on how to support and build with Memphis Habitat, contact Rachel Koch, volunteer and events manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-322-3504.
About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and Aging in Place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more than 480 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation and home modification projects in partnership with more than 350 local homeowners, helping them achieve the independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit memphishabitat.com.
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