Habitat Dedicates Last Homes of Completed Neighborhood
Sunrise Park neighborhood
It's the end of an era for
a neighborhood transformation completed by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville.
Saturday, the nonprofit dedicated the final six homes at Sunrise Park to their
new partner families.
The neighborhood was a
labor of love for countless volunteers and families. New homeowner Rachel Mayo
says that's what she sees whenever she walks through her new front door. "They
had love when they did this. And I saw it," she said.
Mayo celebrates owning her
"I finally paid my first
mortgage - I was so excited. Who the heck gets so excited paying a first
mortgage? But I was ecstatic - I was thrilled that I was paying my first
mortgage and that I did it," Mayo said.
The neighborhood has been
in the works since 2004 and now has 20 new Habitat partner family homes, nine affordable
rentals and 30 market-rate units.
"What we've taken is an
old trailer park with decaying trailers and we've helped blend the neighborhood
where new Habitat partner families have joined market-rate purchasers alongside
longtime Sunrise residents in not just the best mixed-income community in
Charlottesville but I think the best neighborhood in Charlottesville," said Dan
Rosensweig, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater
The Habitat neighborhood
gave Mayo the home she's been striving to get for 13 years. It also gave her
sons, James and Travis, their own rooms for the first time.
"I don't have to get
bugged by him all the time," James said.
"Neither by him. I love my
own room," Travis said.
Mayo and her sons have
lived in their new house for a month - but she says well before that, it
already felt like home.
"I guess I didn't know it
was true until one day I came in here and we were working and I saw cabinets.
And I said oh my God, I even started crying because I couldn't believe it was
really happening. And I was thrilled," Mayo said.
Mayo says she is grateful
to everyone at Habitat for helping her realize her dream.
Now that Sunrise Park is
finished, Habitat will shift its focus to the Southwood Mobile Home Park in Albemarle
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