Meet Habitat Homebuyer Chuyna

Chuyna greets volunteers at the Women Build 2016 Kick-Off event

Chuyna greets volunteers at the Women Build 2016 Kick-Off event

Chuyna is ready to be a homeowner. Born and raised in Seminole County, the native Floridian is excited to finally put down roots for her family. A single mother to her two children, Jacari (18) and Aislynn (2), Chuyna and her children have been living in unaffordable housing for the last five years.  

Familiar with our homeownership program, Chuyna decided to apply after her second friend became a Habitat homeowner with us last year. She received the call that she had been accepted into the program while at her job with Florida Hospital, where she's been for over 16 years. "I was so excited, but I was at work so I had to contain it," Chuyna said, "But I was smiling all day."

Magnolia Place (before) - March 2015

Magnolia Place (before) - March 2015

For the last year, Chuyna has worked alongside her future neighbors and enthusiastic volunteers to build the home her family will live in. This part of the program is known as sweat equity, it's the down-payment a future Habitat homeowner puts on their home. The culmination of all that work is approaching quickly as the project nears completion. "I'm really looking forward to the financial freedom and ability to save."

Magnolia Place (during)- May 2016

Magnolia Place (during)- May 2016

Chuyna and her children will soon be moving into the first phase of Magnolia Place, a townhome community left abandoned and unfinished in 2008. Located in the Longwood area off Ronald Reagan Boulevard and just a few blocks from the SunRail Station, the project sits adjacent to an empty lot where Habitat will build four more units in early 2017. 

Homeownership means having something I can call my own. It also means stable housing for children. I’m ready for that. I’m ready to move on with my life.
— Chuyna

Your financial gifts, and gifts of time, enable Habitat to continue building better foundations in Greater Apopka and across Seminole County. Learn more about how you can support this important work in our community and join us in welcoming Chuyna and her children to the Habitat family!