Flood Relief Funding
Through a special partnership with The Housing Fund and Metropolitan Development Housing Agency (MDHA), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville was provided grant and loan funding for flood relief renovations.
MDHA made federal funds available to The Housing Fund for revitalization efforts in areas of Metro Nashville that were impacted by the May 2010 floods. In December 2012, Habitat of Greater Nashville entered into a partnership with The Housing Fund resulting in the purchase and renovation of vacant homes located in flood-impacted areas in Nashville. Habitat has historically built new homes but these renovated homes mean more low-income Middle Tennessee families can be served, according to Danny Herron, president and CEO of Habitat of Greater Nashville.
“Our mission is to help more low-income families achieve homeownership, and the opportunity to partner with MDHA through The Housing Fund allows us to expand our successful homeowner model to existing homes, thereby serving more families,” said Herron.
Flood Relief Renovations
Pam Champa accepted the keys to her newly renovated home at Cottonwood Drive. Pam grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Nashville in 1980 with three children in elementary school. She worked three jobs to make ends meet and provide for her children. Currently, she works for Light House Christian Preschool, a job she has held for more than 20 years. She attended the Habitat HomeWORKS homeowner education classes to prepare her for successful homeownership. “As a single person, it gives me more confidence to learn how to be a responsible homeowner and make it a safe and welcoming place,” Pam said.
Ebony Siler accepted the keys to her new home at Harwell Court in Hermitage. Ebony has worked for Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in accounts payable since April 2011. She is the mother of Shyla, 11, and Brooklyn, 4. Ebony is excited about giving her daughters a home and said, “I know this opportunity will give my girls and me a better life.”