Alachua Habitat for Humanity: community building together, providing affordable housing
Alachua County's Habitat for Humanity is actively seeking qualified homeowner candidates and volunteers. Volunteers are building these houses from scratch for homeowner candidates to have an affordable house.
Affordable in this case means the mortgage payments do not exceed 30% of the residents' income
It takes about 2,000 hours to build these homes but only a moment to build relationships with those in your community.
"There's something magical in that moment," Habitat Executive Director Scott Winzeler said. "Christians, Catholics, Protestants, we have Jewish groups we have Muslim groups all coming together to build a house," he said.
It's a program in habitat for humanity called interfaith-where volunteers from all faiths come together, under one roof....well after they build one.
"You don't even need to have construction experience anyone can come and help build this house, you come and they teach you," Interfaith volunteer Melissa Palmer said.
Palmer said the workers write messages to the family's on the studs of the wall.
"So they know this house was built with love," Palmer said.
Sheneika Acox, mother of 4, is moving into this home.
"It's amazing I don't even know what words to explain it just to have somewhere to go and it's home," Acox said.
She now lives in an apartment in an area she feels is unsafe and she said her current monthly rent is more than what she will be paying for her new house.
Habitat for Humanity has always been a part of her life, she grew up in a habitat home- and is excited for her kids to grow up in one too.
To volunteer or find out if you qualify to become a Habitat Homeowner visit https://www.alachuahabitat.org/