Bobbie Young and her mother, Betty Holmes, had been making rent payments on their home at 1820 S. Oak St. Thanks to the generosity of their former landlords and Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity, the pair are now paying to own the house.
The transition was made official Tuesday morning during a “celebration of home” ceremony at the site.
Local Habitat Vice President Gene Hudson said the house is the 11th presented by the group since its founding. Construction on a 12th house will be starting soon.
The latest home was donated to Habitat by former owners Mr. and Mrs. Jim Newbern. Hudson said the house was in “good shape” when donated and updated during a six-month period. Young and Holmes were living in the house when it was donated. Both women spoke during Tuesday’s celebration.
Hudson described the house as a standard-sized two-bedroom. In the Habitat partnership, the cost of the house’s renovations were added to its current market value. The women — in addition to becoming responsible for paying taxes on the home — will make monthly, no-interest payments on the property for 20 years to finalize ownership requirements.
“Our goal is to give people a home that they can be proud of,” said Hudson, who added that the experience “generates my enthusiasm” no matter how many times he goes through the process of helping to deliver a home to an individual or family.
“I feel pride every time,” he said. “All the board members do.”
Hudson said he’s motivated in part by his Christian faith.
“I feel that God is pushing us to do things for those who can’t help themselves,” he said.
Barbara Akins is president of the local Habitat for Humanity. Ruthie Clemons is secretary and Rosemarie Word is treasurer.
Other board members are the Rev. Fred Arnold, M.G. Burns, Clyde Campbell, William Campbell, the Rev. Lance Clemmons, Brenda Dixon, Leroy Dorn Sr., Theodore Elliott, the Rev. Dennis Johnson, Manuel Kelley, Hazel Linton, Etta Kuykendall, Artis Mendenhall, Nedra Irvin-Payne, Calvin Thomas and Thomas F. Vaughns.