Habitat for Humanity of Milledgeville-Baldwin County closed on its first home in five years Wednesday.
Single mom Jennie Halim and her children Jamil, Ari and YaMari officially received a refurbished home on Leo Court. The five bedroom, two bathroom residence is a welcome upgrade from an old two bedroom home.
Habitat's Executive Director Murali Thirumal, board chair Dr. Doris Moody and selection committee chair Cathy Chapman joined Halim at First United Methodist Church for the final closing signatures.
From nearly losing the affiliate to thriving in the community, Habitat is excited to officially break a five-year barrier blessing its 18th homeowner. This recent selection means Habitat is back on track.
The selection process started with 56 applicants in October 2012. Applicants are screened based on need for housing, adjusted median income for Milledgeville and ability to pay. Potential homeowners can't make too much that they qualify for a traditional loan, but must have a steady enough job to pay back the Habitat loan.
In addition, all applicants must complete at least 300 sweat equity hours helping others. Those lucky enough to be selected make interest-free monthly payments on a 20-year note.
As Habitat continues assisting local community home revitalization and hopefully adding many more families to the network, current times are celebratory.
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