Brenda Goodloe – City of Chattanooga/THDA/ HFH of TN – Completed
After having worked on one job for more than 30 years and watching her daughter Kimberly and son Albert, start families, Brenda realized she still has a lot of life left to live. “I told myself you need to get out of your comfort zone. I’ve been in one for years because that’s where I felt safe and secure. (Habitat) is sort of stepping outside the box.” Not only is she excited about having a place for her great-grandchildren to play, but a relaxing environment to focus on her favorite pastime – writing poetry. “Who knows, I might just become the next Maya Angelou!”
But, to tell Brenda’s story we need to back up just a bit. After a divorce, she purchased a home and lived there 10 years. Her house needed repairs. “It was just a moment of frustration and I decided to sell,” Brenda says. She moved to public housing where her current rent is more than most Habitat mortgage payments. That was in 2006. Fast forward to 2012. That’s when Brenda started thinking about starting over. By now her daughter, Kimberly, was a Habitat homeowner. And maybe, just maybe, she could be one, too. “The idea of being able to own my own home again was a big motivator. I look at my two great-grandchildren coming up, and I would like for them to be able to come to Granny’s house to play.”
Brenda’s second journey toward homeownership hasn’t been easy. Partner Families are required to volunteer 350 “sweat equity” hours, attend a series of 20 homeowner education classes, and save $2,100 for their closing costs. The process typically takes a year or longer. “I was totally ready to give up. I wondered, ‘Am I really going to be able to do this? Will I have a job where I’d be able to keep a house.’ ’’ And while she wasn’t always so sure this was the right move to make, Brenda said “there were those other people who said, ‘Go for it!’ And this Habitat staff was one of them! You all said, ‘Go for it. You can do it.’ ” And with a little encouragement, Brenda’s negative thoughts, self-doubt and fears soon turned into positive energy, optimism and hope. Brenda is on her way towards homeownership – construction of her new home begins shortly, thanks to the support of the City of Chattanooga, Department of Economic and Community Development, Andy Berke, Mayor.
Funding for the Goodloe Home provided by:
City of Chattanooga, Office of Economic and Community Development, Andy Berke, Mayor
Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s Housing Trust Fund / Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee
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