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Habitat dedicates 131st house in southeast Fresno

Habitat for Humanity Fresno held a dedication ceremony on Saturday to welcome the Hernandez family into a new home in southeast Fresno.
Habitat for Humanity Fresno held a dedication ceremony on Saturday to welcome the Hernandez family into a new home in southeast Fresno. Special to The Bee

Carlos Hernandez and his family received the keys to their new southeast Fresno home, built by Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, just in time for Thanksgiving.

A dedication was held Saturday to celebrate the completion of the 1,216-square-foot house – Habitat’s 131st home – in the Hope Village subdivision at Church and Laval avenues. Habitat, a nonprofit Christian housing ministry, is building nine homes in the development.

The project is supported by a $845,000 award from the City of Fresno’s Home Funds and $135,00 from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco.

“The Hernandez family, who will be living in Hope Village, represent the American dream of homeownership coming true – the fruit of faithful supporters from individual donors, to churches, civic groups, local businesses, and to the city of Fresno – and are a wonderful complement to the existing neighbors and neighborhoods,” said executive director Matthew Grundy.

The Hernandez home was sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with solar will give Hernandez, his wife, Ana Flores, and their two young daughters a safe place to live, Habitat said. The family’s previous home was in an unsafe neighborhood where the girls were not allowed to play outside.

“I want our children to have a better future, a safer place to live, and more possibilities open to them as they grow,” Flores said.

The Habitat experience inspired Flores and Hernandez to expand their home building skills so they can look for better jobs and maintain their home. Flores wants to learn how to hang drywall and Hernandez wants to learn roofing and plumbing.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

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