What do you think of when you hear the word “home”?
When asked this question, future homeowner Yosmarily replied, “Being in a space that makes you feel comfortable.”
Her answer is especially meaningful because her current housing situation is anything but comfortable. She, her husband Eliezer and their four-year-old daughter, Yosmelí, live in a one-bedroom apartment in desperate need of repairs.
Yosmarily is wheelchair bound. On top of the substandard living conditions, the apartment is not accessible for her limited mobility. The small kitchen makes it hard for her to easily move around, and the cabinets are too high. Their bathroom is also not accessible, meaning that Yosmarily cannot enter to help her young daughter. Eliezer, who works full-time, sometimes leaves work early or on his lunch break to assist them.
The family moved to Central Florida from Puerto Rico seven years ago, and first heard about Habitat Orlando & Osceola from a friend who came to the United States after Hurricane Maria.
Yosmarily and Eliezer are three-quarters of the way through completing their 400 sweat equity hours as part of their partnership with Habitat Orlando & Osceola. Once they complete these hours, along with their homeownership classes, they will be able to pay an affordable mortgage for their own home.
Yosmarily looks forward to making their home an accessible space. She’s also thankful for the financial stability that homeownership will bring for their family. Apartment rents continue to increase, she noted, and paying a mortgage means paying toward something that they own.
Happy Father’s Day to the hard-working men like Eliezer who support their families throughout the homeownership process. We’re inspired by your hard work and sacrifice, which will provide strength and stability to your loved ones for generations to come.