The Women of Habitat Chicago
Meet the women who are letting nothing get in their way of the strength and stability of homeownership.

Tonya M.

Warm, devoted, adventurous 

"I've been trying to make a lot of positive changes in my life and one of the biggest was moving us out of our apartment, but I was scared. As a single parent, I didn't think I could do it financially. But my mom discovered the Habitat homeownership program and encouraged me to apply. And at the end of the day, I just want to do everything I can so Kayli can soar. I'm so excited that Kayli and I will finally have neighbors that we know and trust, as well as the space we need - I never had a backyard and my daughter is going to have one!" 


Aphriditie M.

Resolute, kind, meticulous, hilarious

"For a few years, I have been digging to find a way to purchase a home that wouldn't force my family to have to make any sacrifices. I really didn't want to take away from saving for my son's college and my hopes to continue growing our family. When I got the call that we were accepted to own a Habitat home, oh, I just screamed and screamed! I applied to find a way to better living for my family and now I knew we would have it." 


Erika O.

Selfless, superhero mom of six

"My past is one that has been laden with abuse, in which I was unable to thrive and live freely and independently. But that's over now. I've been working tirelessly to live self-sufficiently, as a free woman and a confident mother. When I think of my soon-to-be life as a homeowner, I think of psychological stability. I think of the comfort that will come with knowing I am providing a stable home for my children that will always be ours. I'm determined to make our home warm and bright and one that is beaming with energy and life." 


Nadjia H. 

Courageous, compassionate teacher

"Becoming a homeowner has been a goal of mine for quite some time, but I know that achieving this goal is not an end, but rather a new beginning. It is the beginning of a full and stable life. It means enjoying a part of life that I've never before experienced. It means being able to make a house a real home and to provide space for my daughter, my nephew, and myself to be happy. It means no longer having to choose between purchasing healthy food and making an unaffordable rent payment on time. I really can't wait to learn all that it takes to be a successful homeowner." 


Tabitha J.

Driven, responsible, deep thinker

"I'm nervous to become a first time homeowner because it's all so new, but these nerves are nothing compared to my motivation to provide my daughter with a place that she can always call home. Everything will change after I become a homeowner. I will gain a new sense of accomplishment, pride, stability, and confidence, and I am so grateful for this opportunity and I promise to make the absolute most of it. Maintaining my property will be my top priority and it will help push me to work both harder and smarter. And I just can't wait to get back into my favorite hobby - gardening!"  



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