Ada and Rickey are very grateful to their daughter’s friend, a Habitat homeowner, for telling them all about how she got her house, and for encouraging and supporting them during the mortgage application process. Rickey added that owning their own home “sounded good to me,” instead of continuing to live in a one-bedroom apartment that is so small they can’t even fit a dining table. When they move into their Habitat house, Rickey mused, “It’ll feel like I’m living in a mansion.”

As a forklift driver, Rickey likes to be able to come home from work and relax. That’s something that’s hard to do when you have to struggle to find a place to park and there are people making noise on all sides of you. Ada says the apartment complex where they currently live has changed management three times since they moved in and each time the rent goes up and the rules change.

With a large park nearby and a bus route right on the main road, Hammock Oaks - their future neighborhood - seemed like a peaceful area that’s not isolated from town. Ada is looking forward to being able to just sit on her porch and listen to her music, “I feel so blessed to be able to own my own home. I never thought that I could.”

Ada's and Ricky's house is the 7th Interfaith house built by Alachua Habitat for Humanity in partnership with various local faith congregations.

Hammock Oaks

Hammock Oaks is a small neighborhood in southeast Gainesville nestled next to the County's Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve. The Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County donated 11 lots in the Hammock Oak neighborhood to Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and Ranika's house is one of three that we will start building in early 2019. Three Habitat homeowners have already moved into their new homes in the summer of 2018, and we plan to build on the remaining 5 lots in phases, creating a close-knit community where neighbors build relationships while building their houses.

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