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Cheatham Habitat To Begin Construction On Its Second Home

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville Cheatham Division is building its second Habitat home for Susan Leonard in Cheatham County with construction slated for June 9. Habitat is building a home for Leonard, who suffered a stroke in 2009. Volunteers will work every weekend through June 24 to complete the home located at 641 Thompson Road, Pegram, TN. Dedication is slated for June 24 at 2 p.m. at the home, and the public is invited to attend.

“We are extremely excited to build our second Habitat home for such a deserving partner family as Susan Leonard,” says Johnny Melton, Chair of the Cheatham County Advisory Committee. Leonard credits her mother, and her son, Daniel, for helping achieve her independence and earning her new Habitat home.

Under the guidance of Melton, Habitat opened its Cheatham Division after the devastating floods of 2010. The first Habitat home was built for 2010 flood victim Rose Shearon in 2011.

“It is important to understand a Habitat home is not free. The owner of a Habitat home is someone who has worked very hard to possess and occupy his or her home. It also takes a community of volunteers who are willing to come out and work weekends, as well as the numerous sponsors who are dedicated to offering a hand up, not a hand out,” says John Mayfield, Advisory Committee Board member.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville – Cheatham Division

The vision for a Cheatham Division Habitat came in response to the devastating floods of 2010. Dickson Habitat volunteers teamed up with the Cheatham Long Term Recovery Committee to help during the aftermath of the floods and the Cheatham Division was created to answer the need for affordable housing for Cheatham’s low-income residents. Cheatham became a division of Habitat of Greater Nashville in 2011.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides the life-changing opportunity for people to purchase and own quality, affordable homes. Prior to becoming homeowners, Habitat partner families complete education classes, work at the build site and volunteer at Habitat’s retail outlet, the ReStore. Since it was established in 1985, Habitat of Greater Nashville has built or recycled more than 700 homes, over 500 locally, and served more than 1,700 families, including 1,125 children. To request an application or to receive more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, call 615-254-HOME (4663) or visit www.habitatnashville.org. For information on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity go to www.hud.gov/offices/fheo or contact the local HUD office.

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