Jonesboro will soon have more homeowners

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Additional homes are going up in Jonesboro to those who really need it.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on Monday.

Members of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro, and University Rotary came out to share the moment.

Three homes will be built on the 400 block of Belt Street in Jonesboro.

Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro, Michael Sullivan, said this project might not have happened.

It was the generosity of University Rotary that made it a reality.

"We received a grant last year," Sullivan said. "To build 12 houses in Jonesboro. This location will be three of those home. And in order to complete them we needed extra funding to make sure we had enough to cover all the expenses of construction. And so, University Rotary Club stepped up and they did help. They're not only going to sponsor. They're going to bring volunteers and help educate the homeowners we select and be a full partnership with Habitat for Humanity throughout these three houses."

Sullivan said the need in Jonesboro is huge.

"The poverty in Jonesboro is around 23% to 25%," Sullivan said. "So, there's a huge need to help families and individuals who have low income. And so, one of those dreams that a lot of families have is home ownership. A lot of them rent who never thought they could own a home. And so, by having Habitat for Humanity in the community it gives an extra opportunity. Because it's an opportunity to apply for home ownership and actually obtain their dream of home ownership through our program."

Sullivan said not only does Habitat for Humanity build homes for low income families, they teach them what they need to know to succeed.

"With Habitat for Humanity," Sullivan said. "We're not just here's your keys, good luck. We want to build you up and provide you a hand up opportunity to succeed in life. We educate our home owners on basic life skills. From home maintenance to savings to credibility and all that fun stuff! We teach them how to be good homeowners and make them ready for the opportunity they're taking on."

Sullivan said these future homeowners are a part of the process from the very beginning.

"The future home owners help build the houses," Sullivan said. "That we construct along with the volunteers. So, it's a tremendous opportunity for not only our families, but our volunteers to get involved in our building. And so, it's such a great opportunity for the Jonesboro community to have a Habitat for Humanity right here in Jonesboro."

Sullivan said it's rewarding to see positive changes happening.

"It's so exciting," Sullivan said. "You know, you think when you're in the office writing these things you never know whether you're going to get them or not. But when you do get them and actually get to see the changes that come to life it's truly amazing. And we're about to embark on an amazing journey to help 12 families right here in Jonesboro with three of those going on Belt Street."

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Jonesboro, click here.

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