The Chambers family's Habitat home provided mom Jennifer with peace of mind during breast cancer treatment and recovery
Step Up helped Louisville's Kalvin Daffin find independence with a home purchase in his hometown. He said, “I got my nice home, and I also got peace of mind in knowing I’m not working just to take care of the house. I wanted something that allowed me to live outside of making my payments, and I have that."
In a convenient location just off Interstate 65, a grand opening was held in February 2016 for Cobblestone Village in Clanton. The development, which received more than $812,000 in Housing Credits from AHFA in 2014, is targeted to seniors 55 and older. Five percent of the units in the 56-unit development were designed and constructed to be readily accessible to individuals with mobility impairments.
Lacking savings and with student loan debt, Micah & Alyssa Long of Montgomery didn't believe homeownership was an option. Thanks to AHFA's Step Up financing, the Longs were able to purchase their first house - a home that has become the central location for their small group bible study. And, the monthly payment is less than they were paying in rent.
Clay and Tara Tew and their two daughters were looking for safety and space in a new home. The family of four was strained for space in the trailer they owned, and they also hated leaving anytime there was bad weather. Step Up financing from AHFA made their search easier. Now the Tew family is enjoying more space, a bigger kitchen, and being closer to their jobs. Tara said, “We probably wouldn’t have been able to get a home without it. The down payment assistance was really what made it happen.”
Jennifer and Jay Stroud of Auburn welcomed baby number three recently, and found themselves in need of more space and a place to make their forever home. They got what they wanted with the help of AHFA’s Step Up program.
Kendrick's Way, a 72-unit development nestled in the middle of Montgomery, provides security and affordable living in a picturesque location for its elderly residents.
Bessie and Eddie Cochran knew full well the 500 hours of required "sweat equity" they had to fulfill by helping build other Habitat homes before construction would begin on their home in Abbeville. The Cochrans made the work a family affair, completed 800 hours, and continue to assist their local affiliate, Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity.
Step Up helped Joanne Renfroe purchase a secure, comfortable and affordable home for her and her granddaughter.
The Village at Oliver Place is one example of Phil Campbell continuing its recovery from the devastating April 2011 tornadoes that destroyed much of the town. The Cleghorn family is enjoying living at the development. "We love the space, layout, upstairs area - it just suits our needs perfectly. We appreciate this place and love it," Cleghorn says.
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that nearly 50,000 U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night. The VA is working to change that, starting in Alabama.
Gidget Maxwell used the Mortgage Credit Certificate to help her afford a home that met all of her needs.
Pinecrest Apartments residents talk about living at Pinecrest and the recent improvements they now enjoy thanks to an innovative rehabilitation project.
Single mother and long-time renter, Mary Bland of Troy finds homeownership an affordable option with the help of AHFA's Step Up program and the Alabama Home Buyer Initiative.
Emily Dykes, a marketing director for a real estate firm in Birmingham, found herself ready to purchase a home and not sure how she could afford the down payment.
Chad and Lori Jones of Trussville were looking for a home that offered safety and security for Bevyn, their 5-year-old daughter with special needs.
Residents of Huntsville’s Spring Branch Apartments, a 70-unit development funded in
part by $565,399 in AHFA-administered Housing Credits, enjoy activities like fall planting
in the community garden. “These small amenities that many of us would take for granted
are helping us create an environment that encourages community, which is the first
step in strengthening this neighborhood,” said Mary Ellen Judah, executive director of Neighborhood Concepts, Inc.
Carden, a 23-year-old Ashley Furniture warehouse manager, planned and saved to prepare for purchasing his first home--an existing home near Prattville.
Sitting in the direct path of the tornado’s fury on April 27, 2011, was the newly built Chastain Manor in Tuscaloosa, a 56-unit affordable senior development that was only 40 percent leased at the time of the storm. Within minutes, the community was destroyed and two residents had sadly lost their lives.