I decided earlier this year I wanted my own home. Between what most were willing to lend me & the $20,000 I got through the Cherokee Nation’s Mortgage Assistance Program I could get a $50,000 home. You can’t find much for $50,000 in 2019. Of all the pics of homes real estate agents were sending me I only liked one, a used trailer already on some land, & it was sold before I could even go see it.
So then I checked into getting a new trailer because I really want central heat & air plus I need all the appliances. The cheapest one I could find was $35,000-ish. It didn’t include the skirting. And I had to find my own land. The closest land I could find was heavily wooded so it would’ve had to be cleared first. Plus I would’ve had to worry about hooking up utilities. Between the lot of it I think I would’ve gone over $50,000 – which I don’t want to do even if someone would let me.
I wasn’t in Tahlequah long before someone took me to the Habitat Restore so I knew it existed. But I didn’t know they’d help people build homes ’til my neighbor told me someone was trying to sign him up for one. The person gave him a card which he shared with me so I contacted the lady.
One person has to work 300 hours of sweat equity to get a home so I started working on house #27 before I knew I would get house #28. I’ve got about 100 of my 300 hours & we’re not done with house #27 yet. We start building my house, which I’ve been approved for, in March of next year.
I’ve been working with some of the coolest people on the planet. These volunteers are retired, bought RV’s & travel the country building homes for strangers. Some have said they’ll come back to help me build my house. I can’t wait. 🙂