Twenty years ago, Omar came to the U.S. with $20 in his pocket. Seven years and lots of paperwork later, his wife joined him. They have since built a family with four boys, the youngest of whom has Downs Syndrome. Omar works at a local factory earning just enough to keep his family safe and well. However, they were renting a two-bedroom, basement apartment in a crowded complex with an expensive rent payment. There was very little opportunity to save, much less attempt to get ahead.
Omar and his wife applied to Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County—and learned they needed to take care of a credit issue before proceeding. They addressed the issue swiftly. They soon were helping with the interior demolition work for their new home, and later, helped to put up new walls. During this time, Omar learned calculus from free social media sites. His self-education landed him a promotion at work! The family falls under 80% of AMI, and to help ensure they are successful homeowners they completed homebuyer counseling.
Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County spent $98,450 to renovate this home. The home was in poor condition and several issues were discovered when the interior walls were demolished, including faulty wiring, hidden junction boxes, and severe water damage which lead to mold on the studs, behind the bathtubs and around the windows. To maximize energy efficiency, a new, energy-efficient HVAC heat pump system was installed, along with spray-foam insulation in the walls. Also installed were a new roof with 30-year architectural roof shingles, new vinyl siding, and new windows. The kitchen was totally renovated and reconfigured to move the laundry area from the kitchen into a new, adjacent utility closet. The bathrooms were totally renovated, a rear patio was replaced, and the front yard was landscaped – all to ensure the new owners had a safe, affordable home to enjoy.