THANKS TO HARD WORK AND OUR TOWNS HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SINGLE FATHER OF FOUR MOVES INTO NEW HOME
Aug 29, 2016

CORNELIUS, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – On August 28, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and longtime supporter, Davidson United Methodist Church, welcomed Curtis Nivens and his four children home.

Partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, Nivens contributed 400 sweat equity hours and attended homeownership classes to receive the keys to his family’s new home in the Cornelius-based Poole Place neighborhood.

Being a full-time single dad, Nivens and his four children have had to make some tough choices through the years, paying $300 heating bills for space heaters to stay warm during the winter and even ending up homeless for a period, with the family split up and staying with friends. Since then, the family of five lived first in a two-bedroom trailer and now in a larger, but dilapidated, house with no central heat or air conditioning.

“This house gives us something stable that is ours,” said new homeowner Curtis Nivens. “If something happens to the kids when they get older, they will always have this house to come back to.”

While Nivens will be moving in with almost no furniture, since water damage has made their current furniture unusable, he said he trust God to provide. “As long as we’re all together, that’s all that matters,” he said.

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity helps bridge the affordable housing gap in North Mecklenburg and Iredell counties, partnering with future homeowners to build strength, stability and self-reliance
through shelter.

“Dedicating a new home is always such a joyous occasion,” said Jeff Porter, executive director of Our Towns Habitat for Humanity. “Stable and safe housing is vital to building strong communities and families. We’re proud to partner with homeowners like the Nivens family, to build decent and affordable homes.”

Within Our Towns Habitat’s service area, only three affordable housing units are available per every 10 low income families. New home construction is part of the solution to get families into affordable housing and out of overcrowded and unsafe living conditions.

For more information, visit http://www.ourtownshabitat.org/ and follow Our Towns Habitat for Humanity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues. Our Towns aims to serve 52 families in 12 months through new home construction and repairs. To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.org.

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