At the time that she applied for the Habitat program, LaTora and her four children were living in an unfinished home in the outskirts of Carencro, with all five sleeping in one bedroom. Additionally, the home had exposed outlets, rooms without working electricity, and a bathroom that would sometimes flood due to a faulty septic tank. Having moved several times before, LaTora wanted her next move to be her last one.
LaTora entered Lafayette Habitat’s homeownership program in 2015 after nearly missing the application deadline. She noted that turning in the application felt like a leap of faith as she had tried so many times before to find safe, stable housing for herself and her family. “I tell you, God is always on time. We were on the way to being homeless trying to find a home and then this opportunity was presented!”
After her acceptance into the Habitat program, LaTora quickly completed 60% of her sweat equity hours, which allowed her to choose the location of her future home. She has particularly enjoyed meeting volunteers from out of state while working on the construction site. “I enjoy the hands on experience and interacting with people. I really enjoy the teamwork and getting things done!”
Additionally, LaTora enjoyed completing her required coursework, which included homeownership training and financial literacy classes. She noted that “although it was a push, it was definitely worth it…I wanted to learn how to budget and the Dave Ramsey classes were the best [for that].”
Looking forward, LaTora and her family are excited to settle down for good. “Kirk Jr., Torrence, Acelyn, and Ethan are very excited to finally have something that will be theirs. They can’t wait to move in!” Not only will the home be closer to her job, but it will also afford her children the opportunity to attend better schools. But for LaTora, the biggest joys comes from the simple things of being a homeowner: “I look forward to being able to maintain my own property, cut my own grass, and enjoying every memory that will be made from day one.”
Construction on the Dunn Family home began in February 2017 and was completed in August 2017.