At an emotional dedication ceremony held in early August, a local family received the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home in northeast Forsyth County.
After months of hard work and tremendous support from the community, Amanda Higgins, a Cumming local and single mother, has received a home from Habitat for Humanity, according to a press release from the home-building charity.
In order to become a Habitat homeowner, families must qualify through an application process where they have to demonstrate a need, meet strict income guidelines, and pass rigorous background and credit checks. Once selected and approved as a partner family, they also provide 200 hours of “sweat equity” by working on their home and the other homes of partner families.
Throughout the process of building her home, Higgins also worked for the Head Start Program, while pursuing a master’s degree in family and human development, the release states.
“In her role, she assists low-income and at-risk families in applying and enrolling their children in an educational setting,” according to the release. “Through her personal experience with affordable housing, Amanda can now encourage the families she serves to work towards a better future.”
Higgins was aided in the process by numerous volunteers, friends, family and sponsors including the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, Publix Super Market Charities, Solvay Specialty Polymers, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, VMWare and The UPS Foundation.
“They provided funds and volunteer resources which enable Habitat to provide decent, affordable homes to our local partner families,” the release states.