2010 truly is a Happy New Year for the Van DeGejuchte family. They signed the final papers to assume ownership of their Habitat for Humanity home at Habitat Landing on Big Pine Key. Lou works in construction and Kaye is employed at a Key West doctor’s office are both thrilled to become the proud owners of a “recycled” Habitat home. Their new abode, part of a 15-unit development built in 2004, was re-purchased by Habitat when the original owners moved. The Van DeGejuchte’s home is the fourth Habitat Landing home that has been re-sold.
Lou & Kaye’s granddaughter Lizzie lives with them. Lizzie has cerebral palsy. To accommodate her needs, an elevator was installed after an anonymous donor gifted one to the family. They now have a functional home for their entire family.
Executive Director, Bob Calhoun, points out, “Using our Land Trust model keeps our Habitat homes affordable for future generations. We hope our families enjoy their homes, then build enough equity to sell them and purchase something else if they wish to do so. This allows another new family to own that home and reap the benefits of our program.”
Habitat’s motto is “We give a hand up, not a hand out.” Habitat for Humanity doesn’t give homes away but instead an opportunity to earn a home. Families do this by performing sweat equity, attending home ownership classes, and working to build a better community.
For information on how you may qualify to purchase a Habitat home, contact Program Services Coordinator, Anna Symington at 305-294-9006.