Every Habitat family steps on to the construction site with a story. Meet mom and future Habitat homeowner, Julieta, and her daughter, Alexys.
Habitat Homeowner, Julieta

As a South Bay native, Julieta wanted to stay close to her community and her family. And as Alexys approaches high school, finding stability is a priority to Julieta. So, Julieta was ready to take on any challenge to establish a foothold in this extremely difficult housing market.

As Julieta embarked on her search for affordable housing, she worried her only option was to live in dangerous neighborhoods or move out of state. Then she came across Habitat. Although she didn’t get approved when first applying for our program, Julieta turned to our free one-on-one Housing Counseling and asked one question that would change her life just a few years later: “What do I need to do?”

After years of preparation – attending financial education workshops, meeting with our housing counselors, and working hard to change her financial outlook – Julieta qualified to purchase a home at Central Commons, our Fremont development. When Julieta got the call that she’d qualified, she was overwhelmed with joy. “I didn’t think I was ever going to see myself in this position at this point in time of my life - just how the economy is right now in the Bay Area,” Julieta says. “It’s really hard to be a homeowner, especially as a single parent.”

From sharing a 2-bedroom apartment with 4 other adult family members, to years of working toward affordable homeownership, Julieta and Alexys are anticipating the day they receive the keys to their own place. With space to grow, a quiet area to study, and dreams to fulfill, this mother-daughter duo is ready to continue building every day. Building toward higher education is important to Julieta and Alexys, and with an affordable mortgage, this goal can become a reality for them both.

Julieta is excited about what the future holds, and she knows that a generous community has come together to make this opportunity a reality. “We are all extremely thankful,” she says of herself and her future neighbors. “Because without people partnering up and making donations… none of us would be homeowners in this area.”

About the Author

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

As an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley believes in a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We create opportunities for families to transform their lives, gaining the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build a better future. Working together as a community, we build homes with affordable mortgages, repair and renovate existing homes, counsel first-time homebuyers, and revitalize neighborhoods in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties. For more information, please call 866.450.4432.


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