Through shelter, we empower. Meet some of the families who have partnered with Habitat to build or improve the places they call home.
Ahmed and Halima joined alongside other Habitat families and hundreds of volunteers to build 19 homes in Bearwater Park just north of Uptown Memphis during Habitat for Humanity's 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. But, their journey to homeownership didn't just begin that week in August.
They, like so many other Habitat families, first heard about our affordable mortgage program from friends. They were living in an overcrowded apartment, and it wasn't safe for their children to play outside. After learning more, Ahmed decided to apply for the program. They were accepted into Habitat's program in March and began attending Habitat's homebuyer education classes.
They were dedicated. Despite a language barrier, Ahmed and Halima, who are originally from Somalia, faithfully attended 12 weeks of classes, learning how to budget, how to care for their home and how to be good neighbors. Halima's brother, a friend or one of their children translated for them each week.
In early November, just a few months after construction on their home began, Halima and Ahmed closed on their mortgage and moved into their new home.
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