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How Habitat for Humanity is helping a single mom in Forsyth County gain 'stability'
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The first nail ceremony of the Higgins Family home in Northeast Forsyth County was held on April 6, 2019. (Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity)

In April, a local family saw the start of their new Habitat for Humanity home in northeast Forsyth County. 

The excitement of raising the walls of the new home was felt by all, particularly the homeowner, Amanda Higgins, and her daughter. As a young, single mom who is working to better her life and that of her daughter’s, purchasing her home through Habitat offers them both stability and security as they grow. 

While working on building her new home and at her job, Amanda is also pursuing her master’s degree in Family and Human Development. She is excited to start a new life in her new home with a bright future for herself and her daughter.

Building alongside Amanda are house sponsors Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, Publix Super Market Charities, Solvay Specialty Polymers, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, VMWare and The UPS Foundation. They provide funds and volunteer resources which enable Habitat to provide decent, affordable homes to local partner families.

Partner 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, they also provide 200 hours of “sweat equity” by working on their home and the other homes of partner families.