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Six First-time Homebuyers Celebrate New Year in New Habitat Homes

Cincinnati, OH (Jan. 6, 2020) – On Dec. 30 and 31, six families closed on the purchase of their first home through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati’s affordable homeownership program.

Cara, Demetria, Jordan, Keyonia, Kimmi, and Konica all qualified to purchase their homes through HFHGC by committing to 250 hours of sweat equity, completion of homeownership and financial classes, and an affordable monthly mortgage payment. The homes they purchased, including newly-built as well as rehabbed houses, span the Tristate, in Erlanger, Hamilton, Lebanon, Lincoln Heights, and Lower Price Hill. They join more than 600 other families who have built and bought their Habitat homes in Greater Cincinnati since 1986.

Working alongside the homebuyers were hundreds of volunteers from local businesses, schools, and faith communities who believe in the Habitat model of “a hand up, not a handout.” Major funding support came from: Ohio National Financial Services, Farmer Family Foundation, Hamilton County Community Development, Robert & Adele Schiff Family Foundation, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Schneider Electric, JPMorganChase, and Ford Fund & Community Services. Habitat Greater Cincinnati’s Eastside and HOPE faith coalitions provided both volunteer and financial support for the homes in Lincoln Heights and Lower Price Hill.

“Nothing about the Habitat program is a free ride,” said HFHGC President/CEO Ed Lee. “The families who partner with Habitat are ambitious and hard-working, but do not qualify for a conventional mortgage. We work with them to ensure they can be successful homeowners. At the same time, we build bridges among volunteers, sponsors, and neighbors.”

For more information about how to qualify to purchase a home, becoming a financial supporter, or volunteering, please visit www.habitatcincinnati.org or call 513-621-4147.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati

Founded in 1986, Habitat of Humanity of Greater Cincinnati is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat is dedicated both locally and globally to construct, rehabilitate, and preserve homes; advocate for fair and just housing policies; and provide training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Over the decades, Habitat has built, renovated, or repaired more than 670 homes in southwestern Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana. Globally, the organization has contributed to building more than 1,000 homes in Armenia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Kenya, and Nepal.

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