Recently, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity welcomed two families, and now neighbors, to their new Davidson homes.
Partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Binh Cong Quoc Vo and Ruto Thi Le, and Jessica Torvonik, each completed a financial counseling program and will pay an affordable mortgage on their family’s new homes on Stonebriar Ridge Drive in the Bailey Springs neighborhood.
While most Habitat homes are built through volunteer labor, these homes were built at cost for Our Town’s Habitat homeownership program by JCB Urban. Land for the homes was donated by the Town of Davidson, and the town provided down payment assistance funds to both families.
“We’re honored to partner with the Town of Davidson and JCB Urban to provide affordable housing for these hard-working families,” said Our Towns Habitat CEO Chris Ahearn. “This beautiful Bailey Springs neighborhood is the work of JCB Urban, which has built more than 50 affordable homes in the greater Charlotte area as part of the company’s development projects. On this street alone, five houses will become home for families in the Habitat for Humanity program, with a plan in place to ensure these homes stay affordable for the long term.”
Moving to the U.S. from Vietnam to work in ministry at Selwyn United Methodist Church, Binh Cong Quoc Vo, Ruto Thi Le and their three children call their new home an answer to a prayer.
When the family was accepted into the Our Towns Habitat program, Binh says he prayed that his daughters would be able to stay at their current schools when they moved into their new home.
“When I learned our home would be one of the affordable homes built in Bailey Springs and was located just across the road from Bailey Middle and Hough High, where our children go to school, it was a gift from God,” he said. “He knew exactly what we needed.”
Also accepting the keys to her family’s new home was Jessica Torvonik and her two children.
“As a single mom, I have always dreamed of owning my own home as an investment for my family,” she said. “I had tried purchasing my own home for years and now I am finally able to stop throwing money away on rent.”
Torvonik is excited for both of her kids to finally have their own bedrooms they each can personalize.
Within Our Towns Habitat’s service area, only three affordable housing units are available for every 10 low income families. New home construction is part of the solution to get families into affordable housing and out of overcrowded and unsafe living conditions.
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Contact: Erin McCloskey