By June 13, 2022
As the housing market grows and property values increase, many homeowners are pleased because their investments are growing. What many people do not think about is as the value of the home grows, so does the property tax. Combine that with ongoing maintenance and structural repairs, and some people who have lived in their home for generations can no longer afford it and are forced to move out, displacing them further from their community and halting generational wealth.
This is similar to the situation longtime community member, Ivory, found herself in. Ivory bought her South Seattle home in 1994 and raised her children and foster children in the home. Now the grandmother, who is involved in Kinship and volunteers with Catholic Community Services, is raising her two grandchildren in the family home. But the family was at risk of having to move from their community due to their home needing repairs and safety upgrades outside of Ivory’s budget.
That’s where community partners like Habitat for Humanity come in. Habitat doesn’t just build houses. They also provide maintenance and improvements to the homes of lower income, limited mobility, and elderly individuals. Improving these homes helps to prevent the displacement of our at-risk neighbors while raising their property values and contributing to generational wealth.
Recently, Verity staff spent the day volunteering with Habitat of Humanity Seattle-King County to work on Ivory’s house. Her home is a hub of comfort and community for her family. The saying goes, “No place like home” and Ivory truly embraces this every day.
Habitat and Verity coming in and helping her out with essential upgrades (like waterproofing, deck repair, handrails, grab bars, and retaining wall repairs) will all go towards making her feel more safe and more secure in her home for years to come. Her granddaughters can grow up now in the same loving and nurturing home that the previous generations did, with opportunity for many generations to come.
While volunteering at Ivory’s house, you could instantly feel the happiness she brings into her home and it was contagious. It is always a good feeling when you take the time to help your community, but to partner with someone who is as special as Ivory, it truly means the world. As we took the time to help for just this one day, its great knowing that Habitat for Humanity does this consistently throughout the year and people like Ivory get to carry on their lives feeling comfortable in their home.