Crystal Moore always knew she wanted to be a homeowner, but she needed to make a few tweaks to beef up her credit rating.
The 34-year-old Rock Hill woman will see her dream come true in May when she and her 19-year-old son, who is legally deaf, move into a brand new home built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
“It means everything,” Moore said at her Habitat blessing celebration Friday in Rock Hill. “I know I am going to own this house.”
A crowd of volunteers, a construction crew, Moore and her friends and family gathered at the house under construction on Poag Street, where well-wishers jotted notes of encouragement on the beams of the house and prayed.
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Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that partners with national and regional construction-related businesses and volunteers to build affordable homes for people in need.
The recipents pay the mortgage on the property and become homeowners, according to the organization’s website habitat.org. The mortage will not exceed 30 percent of Moore’s income. She works at a retirement community.
Moore began the process to own a Habitat home years ago and was denied a couple of times, she said.
Nearly 2 1/2 years ago, she said she started the process again, but needed to improve her credit score before she was approved.
“I kept going and I did everything I had to do,” Moore said. “By the grace of God, I was approved.”
Habitat’s York County chapter, which started 30 years ago, has “set an aggressive goal” to build four homes and to complete more than 40 repair projects in 2018, said York County Executive Director Tim Veeck.
“There is a severe lack of affordable housing in York County, a problem we, as a community, need to address,” Veeck said.
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