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Susan Zambonin, right, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Charlottetown, hands the keys to their new home to Krista Perry and her children, Cole Perry and Kate Lamont, Tuesday on the Nine Mile Creek Road.
Single mother of two thrilled to get keys to Habitat for Humanity home in Nine Mile Creek
Krista Perry’s next move will mark a fresh start.
Later this month, the 37-year-old single mother of two will move into the first home she will ever own.
“It just means a lot to my family,’’ says Perry.
“I have never owned a home before. I’m a little nervous and scared at the same time but it is very exciting — very exciting.’’
Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. will be renting a new house in Nine Mile Creek to Perry until she completes the requirements for the program. At that time, Perry will purchase the home and start paying an interest-free mortgage.
Perry, who has been renting a house in Clyde River since 2011, has been familiar with Habitat for Humanity for the past few years. However, she never thought she would qualify for a home through the program.
A friend told Perry to apply when Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. last year started looking for a family to move into a completed house.
The organization already had a successful candidate — a single mother of two children — who was to move in early in the summer. However, the woman got engaged and now has another home to move into with her family.
Perry applied and was thrilled to learn she got the nod.
“Oh my gosh it was so exciting . . . I learned Dec. 19,’’ she says. “It totally made my Christmas.’’
Perry, a single mother to Cole, 11, and Kate, 4, says the house is ideal.
Situated in a nice rural neighbourhood, the house sits on a four-foot semi-basement that offers good storage. The house has three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and four-piece bath. The house also has a fridge and stove, but is not furnished.
“Oh my God, it’s perfect,’’ she says.
“Everything is brand new . . . the property is huge: it’s two and a half acres of land.’’
Perry will need to pay rent on the house until she completes the obligatory 500 hours of sweat equity before she can begin mortgage payments that will be tied to her resources.
The single mom can burn off the sweat equity in a number of ways, including working in the Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. ReStore, volunteering at a build site and/or volunteering at Habitat events.
Program manager Becky Mullen says Habitat for Humanity P.E.I. received several applications for the home.
Through the program, more than 40 houses have been built in the province since 1999.