Six years ago Chandon Mouton was working at Home Depot when she met Stew, one of Lafayette Habitat’s construction site supervisors. The two got to know one another and Chandon learned about Habitat’s homeownership program. With Stew’s encouragement, Chandon applied and was admitted into the program in 2013.
At the time of her application, Chandon and her three children- Caiden (5), Hailey (7), and Landon (8)- lived in a two bedroom apartment in an unsafe area of Lafayette. However, Chandon learned about budgeting and money management through her financial literacy courses and has since been able to save up enough money to move her family into a safer, albeit rundown, complex.
Taking care of three children, working full time, and completing her monthly sweat equity requirement have sometimes been overwhelming for Chandon, but has never distracted her from owning her own home. She’s learned to work through the frustrations and setbacks that may arise in order to achieve her goal: “I’m able to do things [I didn’t think I could]. If I try hard and keep at it, I won’t give up.”
Chandon has enjoyed her time in the Habitat program, especially the courses she’s taken, which have prepared her for the home buying process. Additionally, Chandon has shared her learnings with her kids, teaching them about the importance of saving money. In fact, the three siblings have opened their own bank account and are saving up to purchase a trampoline to put in the yard of their new home.
Since entering into the program, Chandon has made other positive changes for her and her family. She applied for a nursing program and is set to go back to school this August. She’s always been a caregiver and hopes to work with the elderly once she graduates.
After three years of sweat equity, construction delays, and perseverance, construction will soon begin on the Mouton family home. Chandon is looking forward to becoming neighbors with the other families she’s worked with over the course of her partnership. “We’ve grown close, our kids can grow together, and everyone can look out for each other. It’s really a sense of security and home.”
Construction of the Mouton home is slated to begin in January 2017.
Last Updated 4/12/2017