Rivermont Presbyterian Church – Candace Howard – Completed
A stable neighbor and resident of the same community for the past seven years, it has never quite felt like home. Candace is ready to take charge of her housing and make a home for her family.
A Chattanooga native, Candace grew up in a loving and supportive home with a mother who worked hard to provide a stable environment for her five daughters. After graduating from Howard High School and attending Middle Tennessee State University, she was blessed to give birth to her son Cordell and found a place to live and raise her family. Through the years, Candace grew increasingly discontented with the woes of renting and desired to have a backyard for her son to play in, “Comfort, security, and peace of mind is what a house means to me.” Thus, her tireless quest to become a homeowner began.
She first tried the traditional route with a realtor; however, she could not find a house that she could afford that was decent. But Candace didn’t give up, “I knew I would not be a renter forever; it was just a matter of what road to take.” Through continued research, she found Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area’s homeownership program.
Candace believes that the Habitat for Humanity path to homeownership is “an experience that every homeowner should have.” She has been telling everyone about Habitat and the commitment level necessary to achieve homeownership through the program, “A lot of people have the misconception that we are being handed a home and that is not so…I feel if more people went through programs like this there would be fewer foreclosures and people would know and want to take (better) care of their property.” Candace’s ambitious nature is paying off in big ways. Not only is she about to become a first-time homeowner, but she continues to lovingly raise her son while working full-time, attending college part-time, and growing her grass-roots business as co-owner of an event planning company. When asked what will be the first thing she does after moving in, she responded, “The first thing I will do is exhale, thank God, and prepare for my next journey. I plan to be a successful business owner, so there will be no slowing down for me.”
Candace and Cordell’s Home is the 16th built in Chattanooga through
the generous financial support of long-term Habitat partners
Rivermont Presbyterian Church