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Work begins on new Habitat home
Yvonne Ellis and sons Antonio and Avari participated in the first nail ceremony for their new Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia home on Feb. 9. - photo by For the FCN

The process of constructing a new affordable home for a family in need recently began in north Forsyth.

Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia held a first nail ceremony for the Ellis family Feb. 9.

The home will be on Leigh Lane in northeast Forsyth, near the Hall County line.

According to information from the local habitat office, more than 50 volunteers, sponsors and community members attended the ceremony.

The home is being built in partnership with Yvonne Ellis, who has two sons — Antonio, 6, and Avari, 5. It is scheduled to be complete in May.

In a statement from the local habitat office, Ellis said it was a special day for her family.

“We are truly blessed to have such wonderful support and I am very grateful that just in a few months I will have a home to raise my sons in,” she said.

A longtime Forsyth resident, Ellis has been working for the last two years as a human resource administrator for a technology company.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low-income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership.

Since its inception in 1995, Habitat-North Central Georgia has built more than 230 homes, helping more than 850 family members in north Fulton, Cherokee, Forsyth and Dawson counties.

Each family is required to attend 10 educational classes and perform 300 sweat equity hours.

Families must earn between 25 and 60 percent of the Atlanta area median income. They purchase their homes from Habitat, which provides them with a 25-year, no-interest loan.