OLD TOWN – Renee Byers and her three girls have been given a key to a new life together, as Habitat for Humanity and dozens of local volunteers renovated an Old Town home, and made it an affordable dream house for her family.
Before getting the keys to their new home, Renee Byers and her three daughters moved from apartment to apartment, and she says she didn’t always feel safe.
“The house itself always needed repairs,” she said. “We don’t have to ask for permission to do anything anymore, so it’s gonna be a great feeling to actually own it and make our own decisions.”
Habitat for Humanity requires new owners to put in at least 200 hours of “sweat equity” during construction. Apparently, that wasn’t a problem for Renee.
“She hit her 200 hours like last month, or more than a month ago,” Exec. Director Lynn Hempen said.
“Oh my god, I truly fell in love with the house,” Renee added. “It was totally different looking, and once it was painted it was breathtaking… [the girls] cannot wait to move in. We’re actually moving in [Tuesday], so they can sleep in their pretty pink bedroom.”
According to Habitat executives, the Byers home is one of five projects currently underway in Old Town alone.