GROUNDBREAKING Greater Florence Habitat set to build 45th home
The Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest homeowner, Con’Stella Brailey, and her three children .
The home, which will be located at 1002 W. Marion St., is the 45th home to be built by he Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity.
In attendance for the groundbreaking were representatives from Assurant Insurance Co., Wells Fargo Bank, the City of Florence, family members, Habitat board members, and various individual sponsors.
Greater Florence Habitat Executive Director Debbie Edwards offered opening remarks and announced that Assurant Insurance has committed $50,000 towards the building of the home.
The lot was donated by the City of Florence through a partnership with Greater Florence Habitat that was created last year. The house will be an energy efficient, sustainable constructed two-story, four bedroom home and should be completed by end of January.
Rob Lewis of Lewis Construction will oversee the project, working with the Brailey family and volunteers.
Edwards said the Brailey family was selected based on “greatest need.” Their situation was due to overcrowding in their current two bedroom apartment with unreasonable rent increases and living in an unsafe neighborhood preventing her children to play outdoors.
“She just needed a hand up and not a hand out to provide for her family,” said Megan Gioldasis, family services committee chair.
Brailey currently works two jobs to pay for the increased rent. With her new 30-year, non interest mortgage through Habitat coming soon, she will reap a great savings in her monthly budget.
As a new first time homeowner, Brailey is required to take part in classes that will include finances, home maintenance, and good practices on being a homeowner. Another requirement is physically working on her home, putting in 300 sweat equity work hours alongside volunteers. Additionally, she will volunteer 40 hours into the next home as her way of giving back to her community.
Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, established in 1991 by local community leaders in the Florence area building homes for low-income families with an affordable mortgage. The mission is “Seeking to put God’s love into action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in a world where everyone deserves a safe and decent place to dwell.’
“We are helping one family at a time to become responsible homeowners adding value to the economy and growth as citizens to the Florence community,” said Edwards.
For information on assisting with a home build, volunteering or donations please contact Edwards at dedwards@ florencehabitat.com, or call (843) 665-1624.
The Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 1354 Celebration Blvd