Journey to Homeownership
Looking back, Abdul says that initially, his family’s 2-bedroom Evesham apartment they rented through Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development
(MEND) was comfortable and sufficient when the children were young. But over time, as the children grew into teenagers, space was a major issue. The Belfquih family hoped to transfer into a larger apartment after the first year at the apartment– but it wasn’t possible due to limited availability for three-bedroom units, coupled with the financial strain of higher rent.
Additionally, Abul found himself in a quandary. Due to income requirement mandates by government agencies, Abul, who has been employed as a cook for over a decade, was not able to quality for a larger apartment because he was slightly over the income threshold.
As new homeowners, Abdul and Salima share this advice for future Habitat Homeowners. “Owning a home, especially during this time, is not easy to do. It takes sacrifice but it is possible, and it is all worth it. When you purchase a home through Habitat, you will become part of a community that cares about you and your family. So get prepared. Manage your budget. Make time to volunteer. You are not only investing into your future; you are investing into future Habitat homes.”
“Habitat is preparing us for financing and how to work within our monthly budget – they’re teaching us how to be financially fit to own a home,” continues Abdul. “They want us to succeed.”
Abdul and Salima’s lives have come full circle. Their new home in Palmyra is just five blocks away from where they resided many years ago, after emigrating from Morocco where Abdul studied Economics at the University.
“We really like Palmyra and the new home is great – it fits within our financial means and I feel empowered to be a homeowner. Our entire family is very excited!
No matter the circumstances, Habitat BMC continues to build homes, community, and hope. Find program information online at habitatscnj.org or contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org for affordable homeownership and email@example.com for neighborhood revitalization.
To view the video dedication online, visit: https://youtu.be/p5D8gLtWQEE