STATEHOUSE (June 23, 2017) – A new Habitat for Humanity home that got its start on the grounds of the Statehouse was turned over to its homeowner today during a ceremony in Indianapolis.
House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) joined Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity to dedicate the home along with State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis) and build co-sponsor Eli Lilly and Co. In March, Republican and Democrat lawmakers teamed up for the General Assembly’s first-ever Habitat home build at the Statehouse. Over 100 volunteers including legislators and staff constructed the home’s wall panels, which were later transported to its permanent location near Eli Lilly in Indianapolis.
“On behalf of the General Assembly, it’s an honor to help turn over the keys to this beautiful home to Ebony and her 8-year old daughter,” Bosma said. “This house had a special beginning on the grounds of the Statehouse, but this outstanding young family is who will leave the most meaningful mark on this home. We are grateful for Habitat for Humanity and all of the volunteers who continue to make the American dream a possibility for hardworking Hoosiers who need a hand up on their way to self-reliance.”
Ebony Duffy and her daughter helped cut the ribbon on her new home, which is about 1,200 sq. ft. with three bedrooms and a full bath. Late last year, the Indiana General Assembly announced this unique partnership with Habitat and their plans to raise the walls of a home for a low-income family and generate awareness of the need for affordable housing. In all, lawmakers and staff raised about $50,500 to help pay for materials and costs of the panel build, and donated about $3,500 in new and used tools.
“What a joyous day for Ebony as we complete this home in partnership with this amazing family,” said Habitat for Humanity of Indiana State Director Gina Leckron. “The funds that were raised and the hammers that were swung at the Statehouse Build have help lift up the work of Habitat and affordable housing in Indiana. We are so grateful to have worked alongside the Indiana state legislature to make Ebony’s dream of homeownership come true!”
Habitat for Humanity of Indiana is a non-profit organization serving 75 counties and builds over 210 homes annually across the state. The organization sells homes with affordable, interest-free mortgages. To begin the application process, families must demonstrate their ability to pay a mortgage and manage their finances. Once a family is accepted into the program, they contribute sweat equity hours and attend homebuyer education classes.
Homeowners and construction volunteers build under trained supervision and contribute thousands of hours of labor to further reduce home building costs. Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide donations that make up the vital financial support needed to build these homes.