As our team gears up to begin work on Shamaica’s future Habitat home on Lancaster’s South Lime Street, we pause to tip our Habitat hard hat in gratitude to the Truist Foundation.
Thanks to a $15,000 grant awarded in support of the Lime Street Build, we are close to fully funding the extensive renovations that will transform this blighted property into a safe, warm and dry home for Shamaica and her three young children.
“The need for safe, affordable homes in our community is great,” said Habitat Executive Director Andrew Szalay. “But with support from our community partners, like the Truist Foundation, we can work together to build more and extend the privilege of homeownership to all who seek it.”
As part of Habitat’s first-time homebuyers program, Shamaica will complete 250 hours of sweat equity hours prior to purchasing her Habitat home with a zero-percent interest mortgage. Through the affordability of a Habitat home, she will have the chance to achieve financial stability.
Homeownership is the single most important path to building wealth for lower income families and leads to opportunities that were once considered out of reach, such as higher education, career development and addressing medical needs.
“Home is so much more than a floor, roof and walls; it provides shelter, safety, and stability to a family,” said Alex Brame, central Pennsylvania regional president for Truist, speaking on behalf of the Truist Foundation. “Helping provide affordable housing to families across Lancaster and Lebanon counties creates stronger families and more resilient neighborhoods while fulfilling Truist’s purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities.”
The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at www.truist.com/truist-foundation.
And to learn more about volunteering with the renovation of Shamaica’s home, please go to our Volunteer Opportunities page to get started.
Photo: Shamaica and her daughter stand in front of their future Habitat home on Lime Street on “Match Day,” the day they are officially paired with their home.