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Jul 24

Habitat for Humanity Provides Two Newport News Families New Homes

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 2:10 PM by Communications Department

In the last few weeks, Habitat for Humanity turned over the keys for new homes to two Newport News families. The Johnson and Robertson families benefited from the support of two corporate sponsors – Huntington Ingalls and Bank of America.

Tanya Johnson was born and raised in Hayti, Missouri, Johnson Family_SCand relocated to Newport News in 2001. She is the mother of two sons and one daughter, and is also a grandmother. The Johnson family’s new home on 34th Street is 1,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This Habitat home was funded and built by the employees of Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls. A great supporter of this community, this is the 15th home the shipyard has funded and built for a Habitat family on the Peninsula. After working alongside volunteers for months to build the home, she said, “We are truly blessed… There was love behind it, we built this together.”

Born and raised in the Hampton Roads area, Gail Robertson and her 18 year old daughter moved into their new home last week. Robertson Family_SCBank of America employees funded and constructed a beautiful home on 28th Street. Bank of America has a longtime partnership with Habitat for Humanity and this was their 11th Habitat home.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families own a home. Working together volunteers, house sponsors and the buyer(s) of the house either rehabilitate or construct the homes. There are qualifications that must be met before applying for a home. Applicants must be first-time home buyers meaning they cannot have owned a home within the past three years, show a need for new housing and must be income eligible. Applicants must be willing to partner with Habitat by working 200 to 400 hours on various Habitat projects, including helping other families build their home. Applicants must currently live or work for at least a year in Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York County, Charles City County, or New Kent County. For more information about the first-time homebuyer program, visit the Habitat for Humanity program site.