Single Mom Erin and her two children will benefit from the financial security their Habitat home will bring.
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“It’s funny, but I always felt like there were others out there who were struggling more than I was,” said Erin when we asked her why she applied to become a future Habitat Homeowner. “It took a conversation with a close friend about future plans to really bring home the reality of the situation for me and that I could be a part of this program.”
Erin put herself through school and works full time as an accountant, but as a single Mom, juggling the costs of childcare and rent has become a real worry. “I have been really focused on trying to get my finances organized, not spending where I don’t need to and trying to save a little,” shared Erin. “You do the best you can and it’s important not to give up – even $30 a week is something.”
The family currently lives in a small two-bedroom basement suite, though this is not the first rental they have had. They were forced to move when their previous landlord sold the property. “With rental costs being so high, I don’t know what I would do if we had to move again,” worried Erin. “Living in Victoria, it can sometimes feel hopeless. Financially you just keep working at it, but having a house didn’t feel like something I could even consider.”
There has been a lot of anxiety around finances for Erin, and it has been taking its toll. “To have this opportunity with Habitat and the stability it will bring feels like winning the lottery, it’s such a relief. I feel like I can breathe again. We can stop treading water and finally move forward with our lives. To be paying an affordable mortgage and really contributing to our future feels so right to me.”
The kids are really looking forward to having a space of their own as they currently share a bedroom, which, with one boy and one girl, is getting harder as they get older. “There is no room for them to have friends over or have some privacy, so this will make such a difference,” enthused Erin. Being part of the Habitat program also means that the children can stay in their current school and continue their after school activities. “They have been part of the Karate program for three years now, and they get so much out of it and it allows me to work full time. I am so grateful they have this.”
Along with working, Erin volunteers 10 to 15 hours a week with charities in Victoria. “And I can’t wait to start working on my volunteer time with Habitat! It feels like such a good fit for me, I would love to be part of the program and be able to help other families along the way for many years to come.”
Erin and her family will be moving into our Central Saanich single family home.