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$780,000 gift to produce second of ten homes for Cincinnati Habitat

Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity leaders celebrated the kick-off of construction on a new home at 3450 Hallwood Place near Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The new home is made possible by the largest one-time gift to Cincinnati Habitat from Ohio National Financial Services.  The $780,000 gift will eventually produce 10 new homes over the next five years with this current project being the second.  The 10 new homes are meant to symbolize Ohio National's 100-year history with one home for each decade in the community.

Ohio National is also teaming with community members in investing an estimated 500 hours of sweat equity into the new two-story, 1,350 square-foot home.

Once complete the home will be sold to Terelle Scott and Knikita Howard and their two children with a zero percent, 20-year interest-free mortgage that will be payable to Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity.  The family of four qualified for the home by meeting a variety of criteria and will also work with volunteers to help build the house.

“Buying this home from Habitat for Humanity means more to us than anyone would ever know. We're thankful to have the opportunity to give our children something we never had – a home to call our own. We see this as a blessing from God for all the obstacles we've overcome. This is the first step to our brand new life ahead. We're looking forward to working with the volunteers on building our new home,” said Scott and Howard.

Cincinnati Habitat has built 150 homes all across Cincinnati since their founding in 1986.

Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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