Senator Jon Ossoff with Southern Crescent Homeowner Tanjills Sawyer

Senator Jon Ossoff announces $500,000 in Federal funding to further affordable housing in Clayton County

Senator Ossoff holds press conference in Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity’s Hannah Springs Community in Lovejoy, GA.

We’re thrilled to share the exciting news that federal funding secured by Senators Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock will enable us to complete the homes in our Hannah Springs Community in Lovejoy, GA. This significant support not only underscores the commitment of our leaders to housing initiatives but also paves the way for even more families to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity CEO, Cynthia Jenkins greets the crowd and discusses the importance of housing affordability. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office

A dream come true

Homeowner Tanjills Sawyer greets Senator Ossoff as he arrives to Hannah Springs. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office.

One of the homes is set for Tanjills Sawyer. She talked about what affordable housing really means to her. “It means that based on my income, that I could afford to pay the mortgage with no problem. I don’t have to worry about buying groceries or gas,” Sawyer said. She’s a bus driver who spoke with 11Alive between shifts.  “I’m going back to work,” Sawyer said. “I’ve got to take the kids home!” Plus, Sawyer has kids of her own. Her rent payments weighed heavy on her. “I was looking for a place to move because my apartment had gotten too expensive. I couldn’t afford it,” Sawyer said. So, she started looking for a new apartment for her family.  “I was going to downsize,” Sawyer said. “I was going to share a room with my daughter and let my son have his own room.”

Source: 11 Alive

Tanjills now does not have to worry about rising rent prices or sharing a room with her daughter. She is now the owner of a brand new 3 bed, 2 bath home. This is what our mission is all about; giving families opportunities they may have never had. The Hannah Springs community is a beacon of hope for many families striving for stability and independence. With this new funding, we can accelerate construction and finalize the homes, ensuring that the wait for these deserving families is shortened. Each home represents a fresh start, a place where families can build lasting memories and secure a brighter future.

The mission continues

Senator Ossoff with the staff and board of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. Photo courtesy of Senator Jon Ossoff’s Office.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Senators Ossoff and Warnock for their unwavering support and dedication to improving housing accessibility. Their efforts have made a tangible difference in the lives of many families in Lovejoy and Clayton County as a whole. Stay tuned for more updates as we progress and join us in celebrating this milestone achievement for the Hannah Springs community. If you would like to donate or volunteer with us, please visit our website here.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrates home for the holidays with our newest Veteran Homeowner!

Veteran Homeowner, Marsha Pettigrew excitedly cuts the ribbon on her brand new home! Southern Crescent CEO, Cynthia Jenkins, The Pettigrew Family, and The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation joins her in the celebration.

Marsha’s Story

Marsha Pettigrew is an Army Veteran who is simply “grateful!” Although she experienced a few rough patches along her journey, Marsha didn’t let it deter her from providing for her children. Often times, as a mother of six, she felt as though she was “robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Her dream of becoming a homeowner seemed so far away, until she saw someone wearing a Habitat for Humanity t-shirt and asked them about the organization. The thought of becoming a homeowner is still mind-blowing to her, but she looks forward to the day when she can host gatherings for her children and their families all under one roof!

Marsha is currently a Marta bus operator and lives with her twins, Elizabeth and Elisha (Elijah), and her newborn grandson.

We are forever grateful for our partnership with The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation for sponsoring the entire build for Marsha’s home. The Patricia Terwilliger Family Foundation, which supports veterans through various charitable efforts, not only made a financial donation but also joined us on the build site numerous times. See the photos here.

Photo credit © Habitat for Humanity International/Carolina Guerrero.

At Southern Crescent, we recognize the immense sacrifices made by our Veterans and are deeply committed to supporting them through our housing programs. Through supporting Veterans, we honor their service and contribute to their well-being and reintegration, reinforcing our dedication to those who have bravely served our country.

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrates 37th Anniversary with the dedication of their 216th home!

The Miller Family prepares to cut the ribbon of their new home standing with Southern Crescent CEO Cynthia Jenkins and Board Members, Jule Segner and Dave Hesterlee.

On Tuesday October 3, 2023, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity celebrated 37 years of building homes and hope in our service communities. What better way to celebrate than by hosting the dedication our 216th home! We welcomed the Miller Family to their new home with a dedication and blessing ceremony. The day was filled with fun, food, and fellowship as members of our team, past volunteers, and our partner family all shared stories about working together to get to this momentous day.

A new beginning

Nyesha is a hardworking single mother of three who never thought homeownership would be possible. Although she is a Texas Native, she has called the South Metro Atlanta area home for many years. With an entrepreneurial spirit, she currently runs a balloon business while working her regular 9-5 to make sure she can provide for her family.

Due to rising rent and unforeseen circumstances, her oldest daughter and father have now moved in with her and her youngest son. The idea of multigenerational living is becoming the new normal with the inflated cost of living. Nyesha says that she is “looking forward to building from this investment (home) and leaving something to her children.”

This home dedication would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Publix Supermarket Charities and Clayton County Government. We are beyond grateful for your continued support of our affiliate and help to make the dream of homeownership possible for all.