Habitat For Humanity builds first home in Alton Park Village

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Updated: 5/19 11:36 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) It is a dream home for the Nelson family.

A mother of two, LeShundria Nelson was ready to make a big step and give her family something they've always wanted, and even though the house isn’t finished her family is still excited.

"It means the world to us,” said Nelson. “ "It's just different from staying in an apartment and then staying in a house with a yard. So I mean it's going to be something different to actually say this is ours, you know, I worked for this."

Habitat for Humanity's partnership with the Alton Park Village is also something different according to Dominique Brandt, who is the Volunteer Director for the Habitat For Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

"So we do have a home in Alton Park, but in the Villages this is the very first home that Habitat built,” said Brandt.

The Habitat For Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga Area has brought Nelson back to the place that she was raised. They also provided her with the tools she needs to make sure she keeps this home for a long time and will never have to leave this place again.

She was put through more than 350 equity hours.

"She had to learned about home maintenance, budgeting, wills,” said Habitat for Humanity’s Executive Director David Butler.

She was given knowledge that all homeowners should have, and those tools for success has also secured happiness for her children.

"They are very excited, especially the youngest one,” said Nelson about her kids. “She is like ‘I can't wait until I can get out there and be able to ride my bike.’”

Nelson is usually a quiet and shy individual, and this attention she received today had her speechless.

"Can't do nothing but smile about it's a happy feeling,” Nelson said.

Habitat For Humanity says they are not done with the Alton Park Villages yet. They have three lots right next to this home and options on seven more. They are only looking for partner family so they can build more.
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