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Government Shutdown Delaying Habitat Home Move-in

Posted: Updated: 10/21/2013 12:43:25 AM
One of the Habitat homes waiting to be moved in to. One of the Habitat homes waiting to be moved in to.

Fluvanna County's Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the completion of construction on its first home in a Palmyra neighborhood.

Sunday's dedication should have been a time when the nonprofit turns over the keys to a first-time homeowner. That didn't happen because of the government shutdown.

Two families are trying to start a new chapter in their lives in the Cedar Ridge Habitat neighborhood. That will be delayed by at least two months because the government loan process stopped with the shutdown.

"It's a blessing, it's a truly a blessing I can't even put it in words," Gail Washington Bruce, a future Habitat home owner said.

Bruce says her new Habitat home gives her family a future. Sunday, Habitat for Humanity dedicated an 1,100 square foot house in the Cedar Ridge neighborhood to Bruce. The problem is she can't move in. The government shutdown stalled her home loan approval process.

"Unfortunately she has to get in her car and go to another home this evening, but that won't be for very long," Habitat executive director Jenni Whitehead said.

It could be two months before Bruce can move in. The government approval pipeline for a Habitat home puts everyone in that line, waiting to move-in, on hold.

"The house next door…we expect to be completed by the end of November," Whithead said.

The Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity is building five homes in Cedar Ridge. Two soon-to-be homeowners are facing delays closing right now.

"The government shutdown is 16 days, so probably between two or three weeks," Whithead said.

Bruce will have to wait for Habitat to hand over the keys to her finished three bedroom home. But it's a delay she's willing to endure.

"I know that God has given me this blessing. It's a wonderful feeling, it's a wonderful place," she said.

It is unclear if the shutdown will affect the other Habitat homes under construction in Cedar Ridge.  

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