The Floyd Family
A comfortable “forever home” – this is what Jenae and her two children, Aniston and Emeka have always longed for. All three Floyds lived in Texas for a time before returning to Jenae’s home state of Montana, only to face one challenge after another in the pursuit of affordable housing in Missoula. A rare affordable rental allowed some respite, but only for a limited leasing period. Jenae found herself struggling tirelessly to balance work and single motherhood while also helping her family through her father’s battle with cancer. HfHM and Jenae are eagerly looking forward to constructing the family’s new home this year and are very proud to be giving the Floyds a hand-UP into a permanent place where as Jenae says, they can all “feel safe and loved.”
The Ojala Family
Erin Ojala brings to her Habitat partnership a unique perspective on affordable homeownership and its value. An employee of fellow Missoula non-profit Homeword, Erin works firsthand with families trying to obtain decent shelter and the stability it provides. Rising housing costs forced Erin and her children Max, 6 and Alyssa, 4, to relocate to a mobile home outside of town. She calculates an average of 468 hours spent per year on driving to and from Missoula. “The most important asset I have is my time and I am missing the opportunity to spend that time with my children,” said Erin. “Home is the heart of a family,” Erin says, “it shelters us from the world and protects us while we learn and grow.” With a simple, affordable home that she will help build herself, HfHM is excited to be giving Erin the opportunity to create such a space and “meet new people along the way.”
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