"When I heard about the Habitat program, I immediately knew it was the perfect fit for us. I applied to have a stable place for Ayianna and me to live, as well as future generations of our family. When I finally become a homeowner, I believe we will gain a new sense of accomplishment, pride, and confidence. I’ve been in the program for a while now, and after completing all of my volunteer and homeowner education hours, I feel prepared to take on the responsibility of owning a home and becoming an active member of my new community."
"I want to raise my son, Noah, in a home that we can call our own. I want to create a stable environment for him that I never had as a child. Not only will we feel secure, but the burden of instability will finally be lifted. I know there will be a lot to learn along the way, but I’m excited to dive into important things like property taxes, home repairs, and how to best invest in Noah’s future."
"Since I moved into this new home, I felt as if I was dreaming and now my dream has become my reality and I can't express how happy my family and I are. I can see how much of a drastic change there is in everyone's mood since we moved in here. Everyone is much happier with their own space in this beautiful home we received. I can't be more thankful for this opportunity."
"Before I became a Habitat Chicago homeowner, my family was evicted twice within six months as a result of neighborhood gentrification. Sadly for me and so many other families, landlords in Illinois are able to evict tenants without cause. Although we were paying our rent and caring for the property, our landlord saw an opportunity to evict us, rehab the property, and rent it for twice or three times its previous asking price. Because my family could not afford the exorbitant increase in rent, we were left in a panic, not knowing how or where we would find a safe place to live that we could afford on such short notice. I now know that my family and I will never face this again because I am now a homeowner in control of my destiny. I will never forget all of the volunteers and staff I met on the build site who were generous, kind, hardworking, and fixated on making sure that every detail of my home was perfect."
"If you asked me early last year if my husband and I would be homeowners this year, my answer would have been a firm no. I just didn’t see it being financially possible for us. However, we would still sit around and dream about our home with … a yard for entertaining and barbecuing and a basement to make into a dual purpose man/woman cave. Oh, and two bathrooms. Two bathrooms were definitely at the top of the list. Not only will we have all of that soon, we’ve extended our village, and for that I’m grateful. We had a clear need, and Habitat met it, within the confines of our circumstances. Not only will we have a house that we’ll be inhabiting first – we’ll be doing it while paying a mortgage that doesn’t spread us thin, and allows us to live within our means."