Habitat for Humanity innovates on the last four lots in the village of Oshara | Local News
Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity marked an important milestone on Saturday: with the help of four families who will become homeowners in about a year and a half, the nonprofit has inaugurated its last four lots in the village of Oshara.
“After more than 14 years of construction and 30 affordable homes built, the Santa Fe Habitat chapter of building homes and communities in Oshara Village is coming to an end,” wrote Marilyn Perryman, director of development and marketing for the association, in a press release. “The construction of the four houses will mark 132 houses built by our organization in Santa Fe County since 1987.”
In a phone interview, Perryman said the grand opening was a joyous occasion, especially for the four families who were selected to live in the Oshara Village neighborhood near Santa Fe Community College.
“A lot of these families live with other family members and, you know, it can be a family of four who maybe only live in one room,” she said. “It means a lot to them because they have to move a lot and sometimes they live in not so safe neighborhoods.”
Habitat provides homes at a reduced cost to low-income residents through volunteer labor and requiring the homeowner to put in significant “clean sweat” hours to help build the home. Homeowners then make low-interest mortgage payments to the agency.
Perryman said families generally live in the houses for the long term.
“It impacts generations of families,” she said. “I have been with Habitat for 12 years, and one thing I have learned is that many families finally have homes, the parents themselves are the first of their generation to even go to college and finish. college and now their kids go to college because they’re stable. They don’t move all the time. “
Perryman said some people are critical of the fact that Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity only builds six or seven houses a year.
“I say ‘Yes, but it impacts generations of families,’” she said. “They get stability. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school. It is really wonderful. “