WIFR: Habitat For Humanity Helps Rockford Family

Another Rockford family can now say they’re homeowners all thanks to a local organization.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Another Rockford family can now say they’re homeowners all thanks to a local organization.

The Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity has built another home. This time for the Garrett Family who will be moving into their new house in the eleven hundred block of Geneva Avenue, in a few days. The ceremony featured a home blessing, the opportunity for the Garrett’s to thank volunteers and sponsors, home tours, and the turning over of the keys. The organization has now helped roughly 130 families over a 27 year span.

“I love my ceiling fans. That’s my favorite part, the ceiling fans and just seeing it being built from the ground up is so amazing. That’s a once in a lifetime thing to see that,” says Shanica Garrett.

Habitat families are qualified and selected based on their need for simple, decent, and affordable housing, along with their ability to pay back zero-interest home loan, and their willingness to partner with the organization.

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WREX: Local Habitat for Humanity dedicating four homes to round out the month

Habitat for Humanity is keeping busy these last couple weekends of August, giving four local families homes in four days.

On Sunday, Janessa Shaw and her family moved in on 28th Street in Rockford.  Community members helped bless the house.  Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity’s executive director says she remembers Janessa applying for the program exactly one year ago.

“We went on a home visit to her home and recognized that she was a generational Habitat family, her grandmother purchased a habitat home in the early 1990s and so it was obvious that this was a legacy we wanted for Janessa and for Habitat as well,” says Executive Director Keri Nelson.

Families qualify for Habitat for Humanity based on financial need.  They pay back a zero-interest home loan and complete “sweat equity,” which is volunteer work on the home they move into.

The local Habitat for Humanity group dedicated another home Sunday afternoon and it’ll bless two next weekend.

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