For most Bloomington families living from paycheck to paycheck, finding housing is a matter of careful budgeting and often accepting substandard conditions.
But for a family with six children, just finding a landlord who will rent to them at all can be demoralizing.
That’s the troubling story of the Justin and Heather Hoene family – and what brought them to Habitat for Humanity.
Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who are patient – and that has happened to the Hoene family. Justin and Heather have been in the Habitat program for two years, and are enthusiastic and eager to finally start building their new, affordable dream home from the ground up starting in mid-August.
Sons, Mayson (age 16) and Landon (age 15) and the newest addition, Korbyn (age 15 months), plus daughters, Jazmyn (age 14), Adarah and Rainah (twins, age 7), talk about having their own rooms and becoming part of a neighborhood community where they can feel safe and make future friends. Heather and Justin will finally be able to watch their kids and the beloved family dog, Shadow, enjoy more space inside and out with the new house and a level, usable yard.
“We’re thrilled that we’ll soon be living our dream of homeownership through Habitat,” said Heather and Justin. “We’re so relieved that we won’t have to beg landlords to rent to us anymore. And having our money go to our own equity instead of to someone else is a dream come true. A home through Habitat is a hand up, not a handout. That wouldn’t be possible for us any other way. We feel so blessed to be a part of the Habitat for Humanity family!” (Photo courtesy Kip May Photography)
- 8/24 – Exterior Walls/Begin Interior Walls
- 9/7 - FULL!
- 10/5 – Shingles/Windows/Exterior Doors
- 10/19- Siding/Insulation/Fire Caulk
- 11/9 – Cabinets/Countertops/Blown-In Insulation
- 12/7 – Tentative Dedication
*must be 16 or older
Note: Giving via the above link will redirect you to the Habitat for Humanity website and giving portal. Donations and receipts will be handled through Habitat.
Visit the kiosk in the foyer at East or West for information on how you can participate and support this important ministry.
Contact Norma at to get more information.