New Habitat homeowners Yandy and Yanet with their daughters. CONTRIBUTED

Three Keys families got the keys July 30 to their brand-new homes on Cudjoe Key, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & the Lower Keys. 

Monroe County Commissioner Michelle Coldiron, along with senior county staff Christine Hurley and Mark Rosch, attended the dedication of the Moss Landing development. 

Fellow Moss Landing homeowners made the celebration special with home-cooked food, ice cream and gifts for the new homeowners. Kristina Welburn, executive director of Habitat, welcomed the families to their neighborhood and to homeownership. Habitat chair  

Terri Hill performed the blessing of the homes, and construction manager Dan Livingston presented gifts to the homeowners.

“I’m just so, so, so excited, that being raised in Key West, as a Conch, that I get to stay here,” said Alana, who purchased a new two-bedroom townhome for herself and her granddaughter. “I just love my community, I just love where I live, and I am so grateful for the blessing of my new neighbors. … We help each other out, if I need something I call them, and we’re just showing that we already have that love.” (Habitat for Humanity does not release the last names of homeowners.)

Local businesses sponsor each Habitat home, and these three homes were sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Strunk Ace Hardware and Historic Tours of America. Grant funding for the homes was also received from the Edward B. and Joan T. Knight Foundation, Wells Fargo Builds and Homeownership for All.