LEXINGTON (June 20, 2019) – One out of every nine households in Kentucky spends more than half its income on housing, often foregoing basic necessities such as food and health care to make ends meet. The stability that housing should bring continues to remain out of reach for many people.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity is joining other Habitat affiliates across the country to launch a new national advocacy campaign aimed at improving home affordability for 10 million people in the U.S. over the next five years. The Cost of Home campaign seeks to identify and improve policies and systems through coordinated advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal levels.

“We have over 30 years of experience in affordable housing and we know that smart housing policy and a system that enables us to preserve existing housing stock and put homeownership within reach of more people is critical,” says Rachel Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO. “Before shovels ever hit the ground, we need laws and regulations that pave the way toward land acquisition, efficient building and affordable homeownership.”

Cost of Home focuses on improving housing affordability in four areas: increasing supply and preservation of affordable homes, equitably increasing access to credit, optimizing land use for affordable homes, and ensuring access to and development of communities of opportunity. More details about the Cost of Home policy platform are available at habitat.org/costofhome.

ABOUT LEXINGTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage, and low income homeowners have the opportunity to repair and preserve their homes. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.

LEXINGTON (May 30, 2019) – Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates the completion of Morris Shabani and Maroy Chibalonza’s home! A neighborhood cookout will take place at their new house on 326 Nelson Avenue in Lexington on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. followed by the dedication of their home at 2:00 p.m.

This family’s journey to homeownership has not been an easy one. Both Morris and Maroy were born and raised in Goma North Kivu, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They fled the area in 2009 to go to Uganda where they lived in a Refugee Camp for the next seven years. After coming to Lexington in 2016, their primary focus became providing a safe home for their children. Throughout their partnership with Lexington Habitat, Morris and Maroy attended 18 weeks of homeowner education classes and completed over 500 hours of sweat equity. This Sunday, their hard work and perseverance will pay off when they are handed the keys to their home alongside their five delightful children. Morris and Maroy say purchasing their home is like “a new beginning

in life.”

This family’s home was built thanks to the HEN (Holy Ecumenical Neighbors) partnership, which brought together Central Baptist Church, Christ Church Cathedral, First Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Lexington Friends Meeting, Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church.

“Morris and Maroy have been wonderful partners, a shining example of the idea that with a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own. We are so grateful for them and of course, for the support of the HEN congregations. These partnerships are a true testament to our primary principle of loving our neighbors, all of them, no “ifs”, no “excepts,” said Rachel Smith Childress, Lexington Habitat CEO.

ABOUT LEXINGTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.

LEXINGTON (April 26, 2019) – Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrates the first home dedication of 2019 with homebuyer LaToya Williams and her three children, Jamari, Tanaja and Caylon. Their home dedication will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at their new home on 1842 Balfour Drive, located near the Griffin Gate neighborhood in Lexington.

Homeowership means so much to LaToya, a native Lexingtonian. She says that there were times in her life when she had almost lost hope, but she refused to let her situation dictate her future. LaToya appreciates the prayers and the hands that have held hers along her homeownership journey and believes that “When you’re down, the only way to go is up!”

As LaToya attended 18 weeks of homeowner education classes and completed over 250 hours of sweat equity in preparation for homeownership, Lexington Habitat staff and volunteers worked alongside her. Now they get to share in her joy. Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress adds, “At Habitat, we believe that strength, stability and self-reliance are facilitated and enhanced by quality shelter. These are some of the things LaToya mentions when she talks about what owning a home means to her. She also talks about a “sense of peace” --- isn’t that something we all want and need as we create homes of our own? We have been blessed to work beside LaToya and these incredibly faithful sponsors who are making it possible for her to achieve her goals.” Home sponsors Lexmark, Denham-Blythe Company, CLARK and Wells Fargo Housing Foundation came together in addition to dozens of volunteers to make this project possible.

ABOUT LEXINGTON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Lexington Habitat for Humanity has been building, preserving and repairing homes in Lexington for over 30 years. Lexington Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, donating to or shopping at one of our Lexington ReStore locations or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit www.lexhabitat.org.

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