Habitat for Humanity builds, renovates and repairs simple, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.
Kagnew Woldemariam-Balcha and his wife, Bekelech, along with their son, Dawit, 16, and daughter, Tsion, 14, emigrated from Ethiopia four years ago seeking the “American dream.” After putting in more than 1,000 hours of sweat equity on this and other Habitat homes, they are now ready to see that dream come true as the proud owners of a Platinum Leed Certified brand-new home, which includes many energy efficiencies as well as a solar power system donated by American Solar. The home is 1,336 square feet and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The land for this home was provided by the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Stabilization Program; it previously was the site of a dilapidated, vacant, foreclosed house. In addition to providing the land for the home, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program is providing the family with homebuyer education and $15,000 in purchase assistance.