HARTFORD, Conn. — Habitat for Humanity of North Central Connecticut (HFHNCC) hosted a home dedication ceremony Tuesday morning to celebrate a single mother and her son moving into their new home in Hartford.
Tammy Lubin and her son will move into a three-bedroom home at 132 Cleveland Ave.
“I work in retail right now so I’m really excited to finally start building equity for myself," said Lubin. "It’s going to be exciting. My son loves the fact that we’re gonna be having a yard and we will be able to get a dog."
For decades now, HFHNCC has been working to provide sustainable, affordable housing to families in need.
Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.
“We have an application process once or twice a year. We require all of our families to fall between a specific income bracket. For this specific affiliate this year, it was 38,000 to 68,000. We require families to have two generations in the household and we usually require our families to have decent credit,” said Diana Gasca, Construction Supervisor for Habitat for Humanity of North Central Connecticut.
“What they’re doing is changing communities. I’ve seen streets that was run down when I first moved here and now it’s all homeowners,” said Lubin.
The home dedicated Tuesday is the second concrete home built by HFHNCC as they work to provide sustainable, affordable housing throughout Hartford and Tolland counties. It is also the first concrete home HFHNCC has built in Hartford and it will close with a zero-interest mortgage held by HFHNCC.
Since being established in 1989, Gasca said HFHNCC has serviced over one thousand families and built over 260 homes in Hartford Country.
“As you drive up North Main Street and you see those beautiful homes along the east side of Main Street, that’s because of Habitat. As you go around the neighborhood and see new homes where blight once stood, so much of that is because of Habitat,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
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