Habitat for Humanity dedicates new homes in Crozet

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CROZET, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- "All of my hard work paid off," said Shanice Dillard, a new homeowner. "I'm excited."

Dillard was almost at a loss for word on Saturday, as she watched her soon-to-be new home dedicated to her family.

Dillard says it has been a long time coming.

"It took a lot of hard work to get the debt down, and working on-site, and now I'm here," she said.

Dillard and her son were moving to different places, never having a stable place to call home.

Two years ago, she turned to Habitat for Humanity to help her achieve her goals.

"These aren't homes habitat built," said Ruth Stone, with Habitat for Humanity. "This is an example of a community that was built by a community."

It is also a success for Albemarle County because this is the first time Habitat for Humanity has built homes in Crozet in nearly a decade.

Supervisor Ann Mallek says the problem for families is the expense.

"Land value is very high in Albemarle County in general, and in Crozet particularly because of the desire of wanting to live here," said Mallek.

She says the county donated about 20 percent to help make the homes a reality at Wickham Ponds, which she is happy to see.

"The fact that we have this wonderful living opportunity for people who need a little assistance to get on the ladder and now they're here, and they've earned it from every bit by their hard work," added Mallek.

It is the same hard work Dillard felt as she helped build parts of her house.

Now that it is almost finished, she says the possibilities in the future are endless.

"Being settled and having somewhere stable, somewhere for my son to grow up, and being happy," said Dillard.

If you would like to learn more about the programs offered by Habitat for Humanity, click the link in the Related Links box.

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