Haywood Habitat breaks ground on 44th house

Aug 12, 2014
Photo by: Donated THE 44TH HOME — A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for Haywood Habitat for Humanity's 44th home. The new home will be build in Barefoot Ridge.

Haywood Habitat for Humanity has broken ground on the organization’s 44th newly constructed home in the county since 1990. Located in Clyde’s Barefoot Ridge, the 1120 square-foot home will be made possible thanks to the generous donation of former Haywood county residents Jay and Buckie Somers.

"The Somers family gift of sponsoring a Habitat Home is an incredible display of generosity,” said Laura Leatherwood, board president. “Their gift will impact a family for generations.”

Joined by volunteers, board members and staff, Walton Garrett, founding member of Haywood Habitat, turned the first shovel of soil on the project. Garrett has worked on every Haywood Habitat house since the organization’s inception.

Haywood Habitat has built other homes in the family friendly community of Barefoot Ridge.  A simple, open floor plan defines the energy efficient home design that Haywood Habitat builds.   Like all of the homes that the organization builds, this project is a strong collaboration of donors, volunteers and homeowners working together to provide safe, affordable housing that makes the dream of home ownership a reality.

All families who partner with Habitat must demonstrate need. Habit for Humanity is a hand up, not a hand out.  Partner families must meet selection guidelines and work on their home alongside Habitat volunteers for 400 hours before purchasing the property with a no profit loan. These local nonprofit loans are recycled to help create additional Habitat housing opportunities in the community.

“We are so tremendously blessed to have the support of our community in this amazing work we do,” said Leatherwood. “The investments made by our volunteers, donors and the partner families themselves create positive and lasting change for the families and our community through them.”

Haywood Habitat for Humanity is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and is committed to eliminating poverty housing in the community and to helping need families realize their dream of home ownership. The work is accomplished through the generosity of volunteers, donors and sales at the Waynesville ReStore.

Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. As a nonprofit Christian ministry, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission.