Ground broken for Habitat home in Vincent
The Vincent property to be used for the home for Kaylon Dennis and her two children, Adrianne, 8, and Landon, 5, was purchased by her grandparents, Dennis said.
“Me and both of my children were living with my mom. I felt like I needed to provide for my children better,” Dennis said. “My aunt is a Habitat homeowner and that’s how I found out about it.”
She applied to Habitat in September 2017 and ground was recently broken on her new home.
“We hope to get the foundation done before the holidays get going,” Dennis explained. “I’m still working on the layout with the contractor, Ed. We have a basic layout, but there are details we have to go over.”
Being able to personalize is something her children are excited about.
“The kids will be able to do their own things,” she explained. “Paint their rooms the color they want and decorate the way they want.”
She said her children are also happy since they will be living near family.
“My uncle will live beside me and my grandparents live on the other side,” Dennis said. “And my parents live right beside my grandparents.”
Lisa Collins, Habitat’s resource development fundraiser, said the Dennis family’s home will be the fifth built since the Wood County and Washington County Habitat for Humanities merged.
“It’s a big deal because there was a point where they were only doing one house every two years,” she said.
Collins explained how families are picked to receive Habitat homes.
“They have to meet a particular income requirement,” she said. “A family of four could make about $40,000. They have to be under the income level and prove their ability to make a reasonable monthly house payment.”
She said the families also need decent credit or decent credit history.
“We can help you resolve some of those issues before you apply,” Collins said, noting the adults in the family also have to put in sweat equity hours in their own house, as well as other Habitat houses.
Families can pick out the property where the house will be built and the houses are built with mostly volunteer work.
“In most cases, we have an inventory of properties, and the family picks from that inventory,” Collins said. “We are short on Washington County property inventory at the moment. That’s unfortunate for people who are ready to build their house, but there’s no land.”
She said if people have land they are not using, they can donate the land for a Habitat house.
“We can pay a nominal amount, normally not full value,” she added. “But a donation is much preferred.”
Collins said there is one thing people may not know about Habitat houses.
“Habitat homes are not free,” she explained. “They make a monthly mortgage payment, just like everyone else. House payments are almost always less than what they were paying for rent.”
Michele Newbanks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.