We’d like to introduce you to some families who have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home.
Some have lived in their homes for years, while others are just starting out. All have this in common: Their hard work and partnership with Habitat are helping them achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families.
How Habitat Homes Change a Child's Life
Every child deserves a decent place to call home. Low-income families in Ventura County have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a place where their children can grow and thrive. Watch some of our Habitat kids, in their own words, explain how homeownership has changed their lives.
The Rodriguez Family
Like many young couples in Ventura County, Mayra and Jose have struggled to purchase a home for years. Both their families and their careers are in Ventura County, yet they weren't able to afford a house in the place they’ve always called home.
Deana and her daughter Saynt have been forced to move from place to place, and having to rent rooms and apartments in unsafe neighborhoods. Now she's beginning to build her own home in Port Hueneme.
The Kirlos Family
The Kirlos family has dreamed of owning a home for years, but they could never afford the high cost. They applied for a Habitat Ventura home and when they got the call, they said their dream was finally going to come true. Now, they're going to begin building their home in Port Hueneme and move in sometime next year.
"This repair changed my life, I can't thank everyone enough. I can't even imagine having to shelter in place in my previous circumstances. Thank you Habitat," John, Habitat Home Repair Recipient.
The Arreola Family
Ricardo and Clara's eldest son Ulices is wheelchair-bound. Making accommodations to their home for Ulices, while being a top priority for their family, has proven to be a great financial challenge. Habitat was able to perform critical health and safety repairs on their home, which made Ulices's life easier and gave him more independence.
The Medina Couple
Louis and Gloria Medina have lived in their home in Oak Park for 30 years. They are approaching their 80s and over the last few years have found that with the rising cost of living, they couldn't afford the critical home repairs required by their HOA.
Maria and her big dreams
Ten years ago, Maria moved into a new Habitat for Humanity home in Piru with her parents and six brothers and sisters. "Building a Habitat home and working with Habitat was the start of many successes in my life and my family’s life," says Maria.
Eva, Arnulfo and their children
Eva and Arnulfo, together with their three children were renting a home in Santa Paula that's unsafe and in a critical state of deterioration.