Interfaith #6 - Shenika's House
Shenika's home dedication took place on Sunday afternoon, June 24, 2018. A large crowd was there to celebrate as Shenika received the keys to her new home! Ariana, Deshawn, Tavaris, and Noah are so excited to play in their backyard and spend Christmas 2018 in their very own home. Shenika's house was one of three Habitat houses built together in the Hammock Oaks neighborhood and all three homeowners are looking forward to their new lives as homeowners and neighbors.
Shenika lives in Gainesville with her children Ariana, Deshawn, Tavaris, and Noah. They live in an apartment located in a neighborhood that Shenika describes as "unsafe and scary," and her current monthly rent payment is more than a house mortgage would be.
Habitat for Humanity has always been a part of Shenkia's life - Shenika grew up in a Habitat home and knows first-hand the security it offers. So when Shenika found herself in an unstable living situation, she knew what program to turn to.
Although her kids will need to adjust to new schools when they move into their new home, they are excited for a space of their own. They are also excited to spend Christmases in a home of their own.
Shenika was delighted to learn that her new home is scheduled to be build next to the house of an old friend. "It feels nice to know my new neighbor will be a good friend I already have. It makes me even more excited for the new house," Shenika explains.
Hammock Oaks is a small neighborhood in southeast Gainesville nestled next to the County's Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve. Alachua Habitat for Humanity has 11 lots in the Hammock Oak neighborhood and Deosha's house is one of three that we will start building in the fall of 2017. We hope to build on the remaining 8 lots in phases, creating a close-knit community where neighbors build relationships while building their houses.
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