Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County FL, Inc.
At Habitat for Humanity, we build. We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves. Our goal is to help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. You can help us do more in all the many ways that Habitat builds. Let’s build– together.
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It’s an age-old problem for those who need affordable shelter. A lease is signed and the monthly rent starts out somewhat manageable, but nonetheless a challenge to meet on a limited paycheck. When it’s time to renew, that barely manageable rent goes up, becoming a bigger hardship to meet. Belongings are packed up to move to another more affordable place. That new place is usually smaller, older and in a less safe area. And so the cycle begins. Tamesha Bush knows firsthand how inconvenient, exhausting and disruptive chronic relocation can be. But for her two young children, it means they have to change schools, leave old friends behind and learn to make new friends at school and in their new neighborhood. It’s not just heartbreaking for a child to have to repeat this cycle over and over again, it can impact their learning, social development, health and their sense of well-being. “I want my kids to grow up in one home without having to move again and again,” said Tamesha. “We really need a house to be a stable place that we can call our own – one where my kids can grow up and make memories in one place. I want them to make friends they can keep as they grow up.”Most of the rentals the Bush family has lived in have had maintenance and safety concerns. Their current rental house is no exception. Tamesha and her two children, Gemesha, 9, and Deandre, 5, currently reside in a home with leaky ceilings that are sagging. Black mold is present. The home is also a bit of a firetrap since the windows are bound by latchless wrought iron and some are nailed shut. Several electrical outlets are faulty and the dryer lacks a vent to the outside. Tamesha laments that her modest income as an assistant manager for a fast food restaurant makes it difficult to provide stable housing for her kids. She is thrilled about the opportunity to purchase a Habitat home – their forever home – with a mortgage she can afford. “I’m so grateful. Stability is the key and I can finally provide just that for my babies with a sure place that we can call home!”