Meet the Future Homeowner
“My biggest concern is paying toward a future that I could never tell my son was ours,” says Dionna. “I just want to be able to say to my son, ‘This is our home.’” Dionna is the mother of an 18-month-old and she is ready to do whatever it takes to provide a stable home for her son. Her sisters, both of whom are Habitat for Humanity homeowners, referred her to Habitat’s homeownership program. “It makes me feel more secure knowing my Habitat home will not be taken from me,” she says.
To save money for homeownership, Dionna recently moved in with her sister and she is paying off her auto loan. The native Nashvillian graduated from Tennessee State University in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor of science. In 2017, she graduated from the Nashville School of Massage Therapy with a certification in therapeutic massage. She hopes to one day have her own mobile massage practice. Currently, she works for the State of Tennessee in the vehicle services department.
She says she is happy that Nashville is an “evolving city,” but with the price of rent increasing drastically, she doesn’t want to get priced out of living in her hometown. She says she will be relieved with a monthly housing payment that is affordable. “Habitat teaches you the process of homeownership and you are included every step of the way.” To her sponsors she says, “I am truly blessed by you. I know this isn’t the easiest process to go through but I will persevere until I see the smile on my son’s face when he is able to run around in his space.”