The Perez Family

Belitza and her children recently moved into a Habitat for Humanity home that was rehabbed by volunteers with supplies donated by several local businesses. They now have a home to call their own and they couldn’t be happier.

Before turning to Habitat for Humanity, Belitza ran into roadblocks trying to purchase a home for her family. Even though she had two jobs and good credit, she just didn’t have enough income to qualify for a home loan. Then someone referred her to Chemung County Habitat for Humanity, and her path toward homeownership began. Through Habitat’s program, Belitza was able to qualify for an affordable mortgage from a local bank to purchase a Habitat home.

With the help of friends, family, and local volunteers, Belitza’s Habitat home was transformed into a safe, and affordable place to live.

“Working side by side with community volunteers was a great experience,” said Belitza. “Thank you to the volunteers for helping build this house. Without them, this wouldn’t have happened. I’m very thankful for this team effort.” 

Belitza put in the 250 hours of “sweat equity” required by Habitat and says she learned a lot in the process. “The hands-on sweat equity work gave me a better understanding of how things work in my own home,” she said, “and I definitely learned how to be a better painter!” Now If something breaks, Belitza feels like she might be able to make minor repairs on her own. 

Belitza is thrilled to be in her Habitat home. “My children have a stable, cozy place to live, and we don’t have to worry about moving like we did if there were issues with renting.” They enjoy playing games together in their family room, and Belitza appreciates the freedom to decorate their home to suit her style by choosing her own paint colors and hanging family photos. “Thank you so much, Habitat, for finding a home for me and my kids.” Belitza said she hopes other families learn about Habitat for Humanity. “This was a great experience, and I want others to know there are options out there for low-income families to achieve homeownership.” Congratulations Belitza and family!