Cincinnati Habitat partnered with the Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation, Xavier University, and Crossroads Church to bring new life and a new owner to foreclosed home
CINCINNATI – Thanks to the generous support of the Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation and the volunteer efforts of members of the Crossroads Church and Xavier University students, a formally foreclosed property in Avondale received the proper facelift it so desperately needed and will once again be a home for a deserving family. This successful transformation is part of a recent initiative of Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity to repair and revitalize foreclosed or vacant properties in the community. The dedication ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 at 3558 Harvey Ave in Avondale.
Frederic Holzberger of Aveda Frederics and the Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation will speak at the dedication along with representatives from Crossroads Church and Habitat for Humanity. Members of the community and media are welcomed to attend.
The rehabbed home will belong to single mother Evette Allen, her youngest son, Carlos Allen, 14, and her grandson Folando Allen Jr., 5. Allen has worked for nine years at Good Samaritan Hospital as an Environmental Technician. Carlos is in the 10th grade this year at Roger Bacon High School. He likes Social Studies and enjoys carpentry work, and he has worked alongside his mother almost every Saturday since the rehabbing of their new home started in September of last year. Allen tragically lost her older son, Folando Sr., to gun violence. Although her son died as a result of a violent crime in Avondale, Allen felt that she should not give up on the community, and decided to stay.
“I would like to thank the Habitat family for this opportunity. I lost one of my sons to a tragedy, and buying a home means a lot to me and my family,” said Allen. “It means we can have a sense of pride and dignity. It will enable me to hold my head up high and walk with pride. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be buying my own home. I feel I can provide a stable and loving environment for my son and grandson. This will show my children that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.”
“We are so thankful to the sponsors and volunteers who have come together on this build. They have successfully transformed a foreclosed house in need of a lot of TLC into a welcoming home for the Allen Family. Avondale, as well as other Cincinnati communities, are plagued with vacant, run-down properties in need of rehabilitation, and Cincinnati Habitat is dedicated to not only constructing new homes but also to addressing the blighted housing stock in these communities to improve neighborhood stability and vitality,” said Marissa Woodly, Development Director, Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity. “These groups, who focus on rehabbing properties, continue to be a model of service for our community.”
To qualify for the Habitat home, the Allen family had to meet a variety of criteria and work beside volunteers from the Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation, Xavier University, and Crossroads Church investing 500 hours of sweat equity into the construction of their home. The home will be sold to the Allen family with a 0%, 20-year, interest-free mortgage payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity. They can expect their monthly mortgage payment to be approximately $400 (including closing costs, taxes, and insurance).
About Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate substandard housing by building and renovating simple, decent, affordable homes to sell to low-income families in need. Cincinnati Habitat works in equal partnership with families, volunteers and donors building a sense of community as well as affordable housing. Our partners include corporations, churches, foundations, organizations and individual donors who donate money, labor and materials to fund and build our homes. Cincinnati Habitat has built over 170 homes in neighborhoods that include Avondale, Clifton, Columbia Tusculum, Evanston, Harrison, Hyde Park, Lincoln Heights, Lockland, Madisonville, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Washington, North Fairmount, Northside, Oakley, Over-the-Rhine, Price Hill, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, Walnut Hills, Westwood and Winton Place, among others. For more information, visit www.cincinnati-habitat.org.