Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 14, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis kicked off its fall house-building season Sept. 6, 7 and 9 in the Oakhaven neighborhood. From September through November, 10 future Habitat homebuyers will work side-by-side with hundreds of local volunteers from corporate, faith and community organizations to build their first homes.
Habitat’s work in Oakhaven began 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 on Christine Circle, just south of Trinity Park, with first-time homebuyers.
“We are so excited to return to Oakhaven to build 10 more new homes with our homebuyer families and local volunteers,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Better, affordable living conditions lead to improved health, stronger childhood development, and the ability – and financial flexibility – to make forward-looking choices. Working together, side by side with volunteers, these families are working to put themselves on a new path.”
Like all Habitat homeowners, the 10 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; attend 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.
“Year after year, we are so blessed to have corporate, faith and other local organizations come together to improve our community by helping local families buy homes for the first time,” said Spencer. “Collaboration with local organizations is absolutely vital to continuing our work, and we are so grateful to these organizations for their continued support and dedication to our vision of a world – a city – where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.”
Sponsors participating in Memphis Habitat’s 2017 Fall Build are 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; 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 is provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Christ the King Lutheran Church; E-Box; Germantown High School; Junior League of Memphis; P&G; Regions Bank; SSR, Inc.; Valspar; 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 Josh Bailey, donor relations manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-322-3537, or Rachel Koch, volunteer and events manager, at email@example.com 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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