BENEFITING: Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
Chaquitta Barbee is a hardworking, single-mom of three sons, DáQuan (19), Dayeon (16), and Daesean (10). Currently, they live in a very small, overcrowded two-bedroom home, with no central air conditioning and poor ventilation. Due to the small size of the home, the Barbee’s have converted the kitchen into a make-shift third bedroom for one of the older boys. Even with the size and poor quality of the home, Chaquitta currently pays $700 a month in rent.
In order to take care of her family and pay their monthly expenses, Chaquitta works two full-time jobs. She works during the day at a local dry cleaners pressing clothes, and then at night for the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
Chaquitta’s biggest challenge has been trying to set a good example for her sons, especially without a male role model in the home. She knows that buying her first home and having a space they can all enjoy will make her sons proud.
Luckily, Chaquitta found out about Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program from a friend. She took a chance, applied and was accepted.
Through Richmond Habitat’s homeownership program, Chaquitta will purchase a safe, healthy home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage, making the dream of homeownership a reality for her and her children. Currently, Chaquitta is completing 10 financial and homeownership education classes and attending monthly one-on-one budgeting sessions to make sure she has the tools she needs to be a successful homeowner. She and her two older sons are also working to complete 350 hours of “sweat equity”, or volunteer time, helping to build homes and working at our ReStore.
“I would like to say thank you for your time and patience to make my living conditions better for my children and me,” said Chaquitta, “It will mean a lot to me, anything is possible and hard work does pay off!”