Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette celebrates 300th build

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette is celebrating a milestone in the community. A home on Howell Street is the program's 300th build.

Posted: May. 25, 2018 4:24 PM
Updated: May. 25, 2018 6:38 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette is celebrating a milestone in the community. A home on Howell Street is the program's 300th build.

"It's exciting," said homeowner Michelle McGhee. "Yeah, it's kind of surreal."

McGhee said she never thought she'd be a homeowner.

"It's hard to put it into words," she said. "I'm just so appreciative and overwhelmed."

But her dream is coming true, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette.

"It means stability," McGhee explained. "It means a safe place to call home for the rest of my life. For my family, it will be a place where we can have a happy place."

For the last 34 years, Habitat has been building or rehabbing 13 to 15 homes a year with low-income families that need a safe, decent place to live.

"It's an amazing program, and it helps build the community and creates good homes with good people in them," McGhee added.

McGhee's home is the program's 300th build. On Friday, a special gathering celebrated the milestone.

Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette Executive Director Doug Taylor said it would not be possible without the community's support.

"Housing is so important to a healthy community," said Taylor. "If people are living in conditions that are substandard and there's a cost burden for their rent, they can't spend money on other things that they really need."

It's that community support that's helping McGhee turn the house into a home for her family.

It's a huge sense of pride," McGhee said. "To have something that's going to be mine, it's an investment in my life and everything. So, it feels great."

Construction began earlier this spring and is set to wrap up in the next couple of months.

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