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Affordable Housing , Community Development , Homelessness

Why Home Matters

18 June 2013

I decided to participate in the Home Matters movement because I knew it was not only essential for my work, it is imbedded in my values.

I have had many Homes, all of which have shaped me into the person I am today. From my humble beginnings in a small, impoverished town in Ecuador, to the various apartments I rented and the house I purchased. They have all been Home to me. This is where I could lay my head after many hours at school and work. My Homes provided shelter, safety and served as a foundation where I could provide a valuable start for my children.

NeighborWorks New Horizons’ mission is to develop permanently affordable, quality housing for strong, healthy and vibrant communities: Home is where it all begins.

We serve over 400 families with Homes that they can afford. We strive to transform neglected neighborhoods and empty unproductive lots into sound, energy-efficient and quality Homes for the long-term.

All of these efforts end with handing the keys over to working families who simply want a better future for themselves and their children. 

And then a new process begins – the process of a family who proudly maintains their new, affordable Home and provides a stable and healthy start for their child. This family will now thrive, with the opportunity to invest their hard-earned pay into education, transportation for a better job, or to buy their first home.

I am proud to be part of a movement that understands that Home is critical to developing a neighborhood, contributing to economic growth, and ultimately changing the nation. Home truly Matters.

*Seila Mosquera is the Executive Director of NeighborWorks New Horizons.

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