On Saturday, July 30th, 2016, Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland, Inc. (HFHMM) hosted around 50 members of the community as they dedicated their third home in Prince George’s County. Volunteers, community supporters, sponsors, and friends of the family, joined together to ceremoniously welcome the family into their new home. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting and allowed members of the community to tour the home and visit with the family, as well as Habitat volunteers and staff.
The new homeowner, Andrew Grey, is a single-father and published author who was born in Jamaica and currently resides with his two children in Prince George’s County, MD. When asked about his current living situation Mr. Grey said, “I want a more stable place. A place that I can call my own”.
The home, located in Landover, was a vacant and foreclosed property, which HFHMM purchased and rehabilitated.
HFHMM’s mission is to provide affordable housing solutions to low-income families living or working in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The new homeowner applied for the home and went through a homeownership process facilitated through HFHMM. He qualified based on his income, as HFHMM serves families making between 30 – 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), and completed all the of the homeownership requirements including, sweat-equity, homebuyer education workshops, and financial literacy classes.
Prior to the completion of the home, Andrew was asked, “What do you want people to know about your family’s story?” He responded, “People who know my family know we are a close family – a hardworking family. The kids have not stopped asking questions about the house. When will they move in? How soon will it be? When can they see the house? They are so excited for their own rooms!”.