Habitat for Humanity opens first new house of 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – A large “welcome house” in Tallahassee opened its doors to a family in need for the first time on Tuesday as Habitat for Humanity.

Social distancing guidelines meant Habitat was unable to host their usual Saturday morning builds and the homes took longer to build: subcontractors were brought in, which meant more costs. But even with these hurdles, the teamwork of the community to make this possible is much more important.

On Tuesday, Eureka Rosier and her family saw their home for the first time.

“Make sure she is well-groomed and has what she needs,” said Rosier. “I think this will be a happy place for them and it will allow us to get out of the area we are in.”

As a single mother of two, Rosier also takes care of her mother while she has two jobs and goes to school.

It is this dedication that led former Florida state star Warrick Dunn to surprise the family with a fully furnished home.

“Years later, I really began to understand what stability means to a family, how it can transform outcomes and future outcomes,” said Dunn.

According to Habitat for Humanity, the need for affordable housing continues to grow.

“Many of our community members face fighting,” said Habitat Executive Director Antoine Wright. “So we see an increase in applications, we see an increase in costs, we see an increase, not just in buying a house, but also in repairing the house in which they live.”

A new roof and a new beginning for the next generation.

“You want the best for your children, so you want to make sure they are safe and relaxed,” said Rosier.

Habitat says the house unveiled Tuesday is just the beginning: They hope to build more than a dozen homes for families in need on the same lot.

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