THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY COLLIN COUNTY TO HOLD 10TH FUNDRAISER
By Conner Hammett, firstname.lastname@example.org
When Anthony Hodgson first moved his wife and four children to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the family was staying in a two-bedroom apartment barely large enough for the six of them. The Hodgson family had just moved from California, where inflated home prices caused by the mid-decade market boom had made it difficult to purchase a home. With Hodgson’s epilepsy making it difficult to secure significant employment, the family found their chances of homeownership were not much better in North Texas.
Today, however, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County, Hodgson can call himself a homeowner. Two years ago, he applied for a home through the program and even helped construct the house that would eventually become his.
“It’s been a real change,” he said. “We’ve gone from our kids being piled in a two-bedroom apartment and now we have a four-bedroom house, and it’s been a real significant, positive impact.”
Hodgson said his children now have a stable neighborhood with other children to play with, and his wife is able to live without the overwhelming stress of raising four kids in a cramped apartment.
“I can’t tell you how much joy it’s brought to [my family],” he said.
On April 20, Hodgson will provide a testimonial to a crowd of donors at Habitat for Humanity’s 10th annual “There’s No Place Like Home” gala, held at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano.
The fundraiser — the largest of the year for the organization — will feature dinner, live music and both a silent and live auction, with the goal of raising $140,000 to help fund the construction of two affordable homes. Ken Moraif, financial advisor and founder of Money Matters, will provide a matching donation of up to $20,000, and the event will be emceed by North Texas meteorologist and radio host Rebecca Miller.
This year’s event will be a Wizard of Oz-themed wonderland, with auctioneers dressed in fanciful costumes based on the book. Yellow bricks will also be available for purchase, each of which will help “lead a family home” by going toward the construction of a new home.
Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County was founded in 1997. At that time, it built one home a year for needy families. Today, it builds upwards of eight houses per year and has expanded its services to include neighborhood revitalization, said Sid Buniff, development director for Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County.
While Collin County has a perception of one of the wealthiest counties in the country, there remains a significant need for affordable housing since schools and employment are frequent draws for people who could not otherwise afford to live there, Buniff said. The organization’s waiting list is about 800 names long, he said.
“We know that Dallas, while they have a need for housing, they do have a lot of affordable housing there,” Buniff said. “Up here, there is just not a lot of affordable housing for families that want to be here and need to be here.”
Habitat for Humanity of South Collin County has built 52 homes in Plano, with others in Wylie and in unincorporated areas of the county. The group hopes to build 85 homes in 2014.
The gala will be from 6:30 p.m. to midnight April 20 at the Marriott Legacy Town Center, 7121 Bishop Road in Plano. Tickets can be purchased at http://habitat-scc.org/.
Reprinted from: http://starlocalmedia.com/lewisvilleleader/