A Kent County family longing to be homeowners, but who lacked the means, has realized that goal with the help of Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity. On Monday,March 24 the Livesay Family cut the ribbon on their new home on 5th Street in Frederica. Jocelyn Tice, Director of the Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, says the home is the 35th her organization has built in Kent County since 1990.
“Our work in Frederica is not done,” Ms. Tice told the two dozen people attending the dedication. “We just started a new home on 4th Street last month. Ground will be broken for two more homes on Coleman Avenue in June.”
Frederica has been a focus for Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged people become homeowners. The Livesay home is the seventh the non-profit group has built in the small town of approximately 775 residents. By year’s end, Ms. Tice said she expects five more homes to be added to that total.
Surrounded by her two children, Kristin Livesay wiped away tears on the porch of her family’s two-story gray house with white trim. “It’s amazing to see how excited my kids get to have their own rooms,” she said.
Under Habitat’s Affordable Homeownership Program, each adult living in a residence must contribute 250 hours in “sweat equity.” The hours can be a combination of time spent on construction; hours donated by friends and family; volunteering at Habitat’s events, store or office; and attending financial literacy classes. Ms. Livesay will also pay a 25-year mortgage at zero percent interest, amounting to payments that will average about $470 a month – about half the cost of the average monthly rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Kent County.
State Rep. Jack Peterman, R-Milford, sponsored a House of Representatives’ certificate that was read and presented to the Livesay Family at the event. “One ingredient for building a robust community is the presence of committed families who take pride in their homes and care about the quality of their neighborhoods. I believe the addition of your family makes Frederica a stronger community and a better place to live,” Rep. Peterman stated.
According to Ms. Tice, more than 130 volunteers took part in the five month construction of the home. Dozens of churches, businesses, and government agencies had a hand in the project ranging from corporate giants like Procter & Gamble and Walmart to local companies such as HT Masonry and Sam Yoder & Son.