Habitat home dedication cover

The Tin-Aye family stands in front of their new home.

SHEBOYGAN – Habitat for Humanity Lakeside has dedicated its latest affordable home in Sheboygan. It is the 48th residence provided to hard-working families in the city.

The new home, which is located on South 9th Street, was dedicated to the Tin-Aye family, who came to the United States as refugees from Myanmar. Residents referred the family of five to Habitat for Humanity, who helped make their dreams of being homeowners a reality.

In exchange for the opportunity, the Tin-Aye family completed 500 “sweat equity” hours, including working at the construction site and Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. They also completed education courses, which prepared them for being first-time homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity Lakeside is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to eliminate substandard housing through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. The nonprofit also advocates for fair and just housing policies, and provides training and access to resources to help families improve their housing conditions.

Habitat for Humanity’s homes are built on three standard principles: simple, decent and affordable. Simple means the homes are large enough to meet the family’s needs and small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs down.

Decent means the homes are built with quality, locally-available building materials. The homes’ designs also reflect the local climate and culture of the neighborhood while, at the same time, taking the family's needs into account.

The cost of the homes is kept affordable through the labor of volunteers, in-kind donations, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and zero-interest mortgages.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity Lakeside, visit www.habitatlakeside.com.

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