Meet our future homeowner: Jorge
Jorge is a single father to his thirteen-year-old son, Enrrique. A long-time Hendry County resident, Jorge works in the agriculture industry driving trucks for a local farm. Due to steadily increasing housing costs, he and Enrrique were forced to move into a low-income apartment complex where Jorge still spent more than 50% of his monthly income on rent. Often working more than 40 hours each week, he relied on family to help care for his son but faced many challenges due to the housing complex’s strict rules regarding visitors
Jorge knew that he wanted to provide a safe, stable home for his son as he grew up. He first applied for a Habitat home in early 2019 but did not initially qualify. Nevertheless, he continued meeting regularly with a Habitat housing counselor, building his credit, learning to manage his finances, and saving funds. After one year he reapplied and was selected for homeownership.
Like all Habitat homeowners, Jorge will contribute 300 volunteer “sweat equity” hours, take 20+ hours of homeowner education workshops, and pay $1,700 in closing costs before purchasing a zero-percent interest mortgage with a monthly rate set at no more than 30% of his income.
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties remains committed to serving our partner families. Like all future homebuyers currently in the Habitat program, Jorge continues working towards homeownership. Sweat equity opportunities are more limited, but nonetheless available. Home maintenance and financial literacy courses are conducted online, and housing counselors remain available, providing assistance and encouragement. As an essential construction and social services business, Habitat for Humanity is able to safely accommodate construction and non-construction staff in our home-building efforts, including on Jorge’s home. We look forward to the time when we can welcome sponsors and volunteers back to our jobsites, so please continue to stay safe and healthy – we will need every hand to help build these homes when we reopen!