CHEATHAM, TN (February 28, 2022) With the median home price in Cheatham County at $357,000, trending up 25% year after year, Habitat for Humanity future homeowner, LaTonya Davis, is grateful to begin building her new Habitat home with sponsors and volunteers on Saturday, March 5 in Cheatham County.
“Available, affordable homeownership is a growing concern in so many communities,” says Jeff Bennett, director of divisions, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville. “It makes us so grateful to have partnerships like those supporting LaTonya that reach into the community to help those who are working hard for a better future.”
LaTonya says she needs more peace and tranquility. At her current residence, she says the crime is escalating from drug trafficking to actually finding a dead body near her driveway. In addition to raising her 16-year-old son, she gained custody of her three nieces when her mother passed away last year making a stable housing payment even more vital for her growing family.
LaTonya was attending financial classes at Christian Community Services and they encouraged her to apply for a Habitat for Humanity home. She says she is so glad she did. “With the way the economy is, it makes you think you need to get three jobs just to get ahead. I shouldn’t have to feel that way,” she says.
LaTonya has worked as a security officer since 2015. She graduated from Daymar College, earning an associate in business management degree. “When I become a homeowner, I won’t have to worry about the rent going up every year,” she explains. She is excited to have the opportunity to live in Cheatham County and can’t wait to meet her community sponsors, who will be helping her build her Habitat home.
LaTonya is taking Habitat’s homeownership classes to earn a 0% APR mortgage. Habitat for Humanity homes are ENERGY STAR® certified meaning homeowners will save approximately $25,000 over the life of the mortgage in energy costs.
Sponsors include: A.O. Smith, RBS, Inc., Donnie Kemp Memorial Build Day, Gateway Church, United Way of Greater Nashville, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Legends Bank, HCA Foundation/TriStar Ashland City Medical Center, Tennessee Housing Development Agency, Whirlpool Corp., U.S. Bank Foundation, David McCullough Memorial Gift. Cheatham Habitat for Humanity seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Dedicated Habitat volunteers from the Dickson Division teamed up with the Cheatham Long Term Recovery committee to help residents after the devastating floods of 2010; Cheatham Habitat for Humanity officially opened that year and has since built 10 homes. To request an application or to receive more information about the Cheatham Habitat for Humanity, call 615-441-9967 or visit www.habitatnashville.org/cheatham.