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Habitat welcomes families into new neighborhood

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- They say home is where the heart is. Today, 32 families in Wilmington have new homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

"This is such a fun day for us at Cape Fear Habitat. We are dedicating our first subdivision, the Cottages at Cornerstone, which is 32 homes in it," Habitat Director of Development Kitty Yerkes said. "So there are 32 families who have moved from probably pretty awful places to these beautiful, little affordable habitat homes."

The new subdivision off Princess Place Drive in Wilmington is now open and available for families to move in. Yerkes says the organization is so happy to help folks become homeowners. She says it's important for the community to know that these homes are no hand-out, rather a hand up for those in need.

"These homeowners assume a mortgage," Yerkes said. "They are not given these houses. They become taxpaying citizens, and we laugh about they're the only people who really like paying their property taxes. They are so proud to pay their property taxes. So this is exactly what we should be doing. But it happens only because of the generosity other folks in the community and it's really about neighbors helping neighbors."

New homeowner Dorothy Hyman says she thinks neighborhoods like this help move the entire community in the right direction.

"It gives everybody a chance," Hyman said. "Everybody deserves a place to live, a place to call home. And when you got children, you shouldn't have to move from place to place. You need to learn to be comfortable not only in your own skin, but in your own home."

Yerkes says phase two of this project started today with the start of eight more homes in the subdivision.

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