Future Habitat Homeowner, Cynthia awaits the day her home in Oxford Green is complete. She looks forward to a community of Habitat Homeowners—neighbors that she has befriended through their shared experiences. With her Habitat family alongside her, she knows that her community will be a safe and secure place for her to call home.
“I grew up in North Philly, on 10th and Master.” In her youth, Cynthia frequently played outside in the backyard of her row home. Now, she watches her children and grandchildren play on the playground across the street. Being a long-time resident of the neighborhood, Cynthia recalls that, over the years as she would watch her children play, she was vigilant in making sure they left the playground early for their safety. Now, she notices positive changes. The neighborhood is becoming safer, but she still seeks the security and self-reliance homeownership would bring.
“I was content in [my current rental of 18 years.] It was great for my family and me, but I just want to own my own home. I pay almost $1,100 for rent, and I could put that money into something that I could leave to my son or my grandchildren.” With the state of the housing crisis in Philadelphia, Cynthia is one of many residents that is paying more than 30% of their monthly income on rent each month.