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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new home in Forsyth County
Habitat house WEB

A family of three will soon have their own house to call home, thanks to a nonprofit that helps low- and moderate-income households secure funding to live stably.

Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia held a kick-off ceremony for the Kjellstrom family, whose home is expected to be completed in April.

Lisa Kjellstrom has two children – Celeste, 16, who is on track to graduate high school in May and plans to attend Lanier Technical College in the medical field, and Jeramy, 11 – and is employed in food services for Cherokee County Schools as an assistant manager.

“With support from the community and specifically her church, First Baptist Cumming, they have been able to overcome many obstacles and become a stronger family unit,” said Kristyn Johnson, a spokeswoman for Habitat.

Kjellstrom said she is grateful to have been chosen for the program. Her specific house project was funded by Publix Super Markets Charities, employees from which went to the kick-off ceremony and helped all day to build the house. MetLife and the United Way of Forsyth County also helped fund the home and provided volunteers.

Habitat is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that builds home for purchase by low- and moderate-income families who “demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership.”

The north Georgia chapter has completed 287 homes serving more than 1,075 family members in Forsyth, Dawson and Cherokee counties and north Fulton since its inception in 1995.

To be eligible, families must earn 30-60 percent of the Atlanta area median income. They buy their home from Habitat, which provides a 30-year no-interest loan.

Family members must attend six educational classes and perform 200-300 sweat equity hours by helping to build their home.