The Clarion reported some wonderful news this week, that Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity is nearing completion of its 18th home. The organization is shooting to have new homeowner Elaine Cunningham moved in for the holidays.
Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for home ownership for low-income families. Recipients of a Habitat home must be in need of safe living arrangements; have a sustainable income and be able to make monthly payments on a no-interest mortgage; and contribute 500 hours of “sweat equity” to the home building process.
Cunningham was certainly in need of safe housing. She and her son lost their home to a suspected electrical fire. From there, they moved to the basement of a house that was foreclosed upon, and wound up in small trailer. She told the Clarion that owning her own home is “a dream come true.”
Unfortunately, there remains a need for safe, affordable housing for many residents of the Kenai Peninsula. Cunningham’s story is not uncommon. There are many families who, for one reason or another, find themselves in similar living situations. Some bounce from place to place, crashing with friends or family or staying in someone’s basement. Others find themselves living in structures that are unsafe, either because of their construction or location.
We’re grateful to have organizations like Habitat for Humanity — and its volunteers and contributors — helping to make dreams come true in our community.