The next generation of house building was unveiled in New Castle County.
Since June is National Home ownership Month, it was befitting for Delaware’s newest homeowners to receive the keys to their brand new Habitat for Humanity House.
Mawupe Typamm and his wife, Jacinta, along with their children 12-year-old Bright and 3-year-old Peace are the newest residents of Danbury Drive in Newark. The family, which is from West Africa, was overcome with gratitude at today’s dedication ceremony.
Mawupe Typamm, a self-proclaimed man of little words, had much to say to those who made his family’s dream of home ownership come true. “…Life is not only about us. It’s about others too,” said a Typamm.
The Typamm’s house is a first for Habitat for Humanity. Their ranch style, three bedroom home is the first modular home built by the organization. The modular type program was featured in a February program on First, which airs on WHYY TV at 5:30 and 11pm on Friday. It was made possible thanks to partnerships with Bank of America and New Castle County.
Kevin Smith, CEO of Habitat New Castle County dispelled the belief that Habitat Homes are given to families for free. He shared how families like the Typamm are responsible for paying their mortgage to Habitat for Humanity, which purchases homes and acts as a lender.
Smith said families are also given additional support through Habitat’s Alumni Support network. Many past homeowners he said volunteer to assist new homeowners.
In order to apply for a Habitat for Humanity House, you must meet the organization’s financial qualifications. This is Habitat for Humanity New Castle County’s 228th house.