Habitat for Humanity dedicates Carter Park homes to four new families

INDIANTOWN, Fla. -- The dream of home-ownership is coming true for four Martin County families.

Wednesday, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County dedicated four homes in the new Carter Park community to its four new families.

The Carter Park neighborhood is a first of its kind on the Treasure Coast, a neighborhood of only Habitat homes.

The Jackson family waited for more than two years to move into its new home, and will be officially be moving in Thursday.

Samika Jackson has three kids, and is now a first time home owner. "I'm so grateful, that's the thing. I'm blessed," said Jackson.

Each family moving into the homes also had to work to help build the homes, spending a minimum of 300 hours helping volunteers build the homes from the ground up.

"They've seen it from the beginning, and so the thought of just moving in tomorrow, they are extremely excited," said Executive Director Margot Graff.

"It creates stability for me and my kids so that's the biggest thing," said Jackson.

The neighborhood also has a pond, with potential for a gardening area.  A Boys and Girls Club is also being built in the middle of the neighborhood.

Jackson said she feels lucky to be moving in. Habitat for Humanity officials say more than 400 people apply for Habitat Housing each year, but on average, only about 10 homes are completed.

When complete, the neighborhood will have 40 habitat homes.

All of the families are given 30 year, interest free mortgages.

They are also given classes on home-ownership, and being a good neighbor.

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