On Saturday, June 15, Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury dedicated three new homes in the Willow Crest subdivision, located off Horn Tavern Rd in Fairview, TN. Over the last three months, more than 600 volunteers have donated 4500+ hours on these build sites, doing everything from cutting siding to planting landscaping.
The $70,000 needed for each home build was funded through local sponsors. Schneider Electric, Wells Fargo, Gresham Smith, Fifth Third Bank, First Farmers Bank, and Publix Supermarket Charities came together to build for Kim Wilson, a native of Franklin, TN and a graduate of Centennial High School. Kim works as a client services representative for Tom James and has lived her entire life in Williamson County.
“I have so many good memories growing up in Williamson County and I want those same kind of memories for my daughter,” Kim notes. “It is not easy with the rising costs of housing, but I very much want to be near my family. I was ecstatic when I heard about the opportunity to purchase a home through Habitat’s program.”
Kim has been building her home alongside her neighbor-to-be, Maria Herrera. Maria’s home was HFHWM’s 10th Annual Women Build home and brought together sponsors Middle TN Electric, Westhaven Foundation, Lightning 100, UL, Schneider Electric, and volunteers who each raised $250 to participate in the build to fund her home.
Maria emigrated from Colombia to New Jersey 16 years ago, leaving behind a difficult marriage. In 2005, Maria; her mother, Estella; and her son Abraham relocated to Middle Tennessee to be near her sister.
“It was pretty rough in New Jersey,” she remembers. “There was a lot of gang activity, and I worried all the time about my son. I love living somewhere safe, but it has been tough to make ends meet in Williamson County. My mother, son, and I live in a 2-bedroom apartment, so I share my bedroom with my son. I can’t wait to move into our new home, and Abraham is ecstatic about having a room of his own!”
Across the street from Maria, the Alejandro family home was sponsored by Holy Family Catholic Church, First Baptist Church, Christ United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Saint Matthew Catholic Church during the 2019 Spring Faith Build.
Marco Alejandro, who injured his back a few years ago, was formerly a correctional officer with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department and his wife, Jennifer, is a vet tech at Goose Creek Pet Hospital. The Alejandro boys are sports fanatics. Eleven-year-old Dalton has played hockey since he was four.
“God put hockey in my heart,” says Dalton. His seven-year-old brother Jacob plays soccer, baseball, and runs cross-country. The boys are so excited that they will have a yard where they can practice their sports daily.
“We are blessed to have this opportunity,” Marco remarks. “We can’t wait to purchase and move in to our new home. We do not take any of it for granted.”
Habitat Williamson-Maury will sell the homes with an affordable mortgage to all three families. The families will close on and move into their homes by the end of the month.
Over the next few years, HFHWM will build 26 homes in the Willow Crest subdivision. Each craftsman-style home has three to five bedrooms, with square footage between 1,100 and 1,500 square feet.
Last fall, Habitat Williamson-Maury became certified to offer loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program. This low interest-rate program allows qualifying homebuyers with higher incomes the opportunity to purchase one of HFHWM’s award-winning homes.
“A new home under $300,000 in Williamson County is almost unheard of at this point,” explains HFHWM Director of Housing and Community Development Wayne Weaver. “Teachers, firefighters, people that are still struggling to purchase houses in this County, we’re able to serve those families. For instance, a household of one to four members making a combined $59,500 a year qualifies for a low-interest mortgage option on one of our Williamson County houses under our new program guidelines.”
Habitat welcome anyone interested in purchasing a home through one of its programs to visit www.hfhwm.org for more information.