Looking for an application to become a partner family?
Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity will begin accepting applications later this year (2019). If you are interested in applying for a Habitat home in the future, click here for an example of the application.
Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing ministry financed through private donations and utilizing volunteer labor. Our purpose is to build homes with families and sell the houses at no profit and no interest to families who could not otherwise afford a home. We are an Equal Opportunity Housing organization.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Demonstrate a need for adequate and affordable housing:
Evidence that you are living in substandard housing (poor heating, plumbing problems, leaky roofs, overcrowding)
Demonstrate ability to pay:
Based on family size (for example, annual income for family of four between $15,450 – $30,900)
Be willing to partner:
Work a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity per adult applicant helping to build houses, raise funds, join homeowners association, assist where needed.
Applicants must have lived in Pike County at least one year.
Meet the Barron Family
Ashley Barron is living proof of hard work and persistence paying off. We first met Ashley Barron, her mom, Janice, and her teenage daughters, Caitlin and Amber, a few years back when we held an application and interview day for the Habitat house we finished in 2016. Ashley and her family were living in an old family home that had been repaired and added on to so many times it seemed to be barely holding together in places and the electrical wiring in the house was very worrisome and unreliable. At the time, Ashley was suffering from back pain and trying to get some financial assistance through disability. Although she and her family had an obvious need and were very willing to partner with Habitat, without a clear, steady income already in place, a Habitat home mortgage would have been too much of a financial burden for Ashley and Janice to handle. When Ashley received notification that she was not selected for a Habitat house, she didn’t give up. She steadily pushed forward, working on her health, home, and family, and eventually became able to work again.
The next time a Habitat application and interview day rolled around, Ashley Barron was ready. She and her mom applied all over again with the same need and willingness to partner and with new information that proved they were financially stable and ready for home ownership!
It has been already been a pleasure working with the Barron family. Janice, Amber, and Caitlin are getting in sweat equity hours – working as they are able due to health issues and age restrictions imposed by Habitat. Ashley is at the house every Saturday as soon as she gets off work, bringing renewed energy to our volunteer work crew – even if it’s time to clean up! We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Barron family throughout the construction process and as they become homeowners.
Meet the Williams Family
If you know Shermon Williams, you know someone whose joy surpasses understanding. People working with Shermon are always quick to point out how positive and hard-working he is. Life hasn’t always been easy for Shermon and his family. He has had his own personal struggles. His wife, Marquetta, has suffered from Lupus since 2006 and has had frequent hospitalizations for complications of her condition. Shermon and his wife have struggled to pay hospital bills and support their three children while living in housing that wasn’t always safe or adequate for their family. Even as things seemed stacked against him, Shermon has kept his faith and positive focus. He would claim that his church is the main reason for this. Shermon has been a member of First Baptist Church in Troy for the last five years. His other passion, sports, led him to the church. Invited by his son’s baseball coach, he fell in love with the church and basically calls the church home now, serving as the janitor and maintenance man.
Troy Pike Habitat for Humanity is so happy to be partnering with the Williams family. They are an inspiration to all of us. It has been a pleasure working with them as they have put in sweat equity on previous houses and their own. We were honored to hand over the keys in June 2016 and hope they are enjoying their new home.