CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Neighbors are sitting down and sharing a meal with each other Saturday night in a new Charlottesville neighborhood. It is just one step that Habitat for Humanity, the city of Charlottesville, and the people in that neighborhood are taking to create more affordable housing in the city.

“Here we are together to replant our roots and begin to grow, grow old and grow up together,” said Dan Rosensweig, CEO of Habitat for Humanity.

On Saturday, eight families began that journey in the new Lochlyn Hill mixed-income neighborhood in Charlottesville.

“We are super excited, I can’t say more than that,” said Muslimo Rasulow, Lochlyn Hill homeowner.

Yussuf Yussuf and his family are preparing to move into their own four-bedroom home.

“I was involved from the ground up. I helped them with the construction,” said Yussuf.

Yussuf and other families in the neighborhood put in a total of 3,300 hours of sweat equity to purchase those homes, and helped build the houses. His sons are looking forward to their new home as well; all six of them are used to sharing.

“It’s actually pretty fun because you're never lonely like if you need someone to play with you got 5 other people to play with,” said Mohamed Idris, eldest son of Yussuf and Rasulow. “I’m really excited that I get my own room.”

Yussuf and his family are just one part of the neighborhood, which they will continue to build.

“At its essence, a neighborhood is a group of people coming together and saying we belong together, our futures are entwined our journeys from this point forward will be together,” said Rosensweig.

Yussuf and other home buyers also completed education and financial counseling before buying their townhomes. Families hope to move in soon, once some finishing touches are put on the homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville Press Release:

Charlottesville, VA: On Saturday, June 1 at 3:00 p.m., eight families who are purchasing homes from Habitat for Humanity will be honored at a dedication ceremony in the new Lochlyn Hill mixed-income neighborhood in Charlottesville. Combined, these homebuyers have contributed a total of more than
3,300 hours of sweat equity on six job sites and completed extensive homebuyer education and financial counseling in order to purchase their new Habitat townhomes.

These new homeowners come from many different backgrounds and work in a range of occupations in our community. Their common bond is a commitment to each other and their neighborhood, clearly demonstrated over the past 15 months as the families helped build each other’s houses, cooked for one another, advocated for each other and forged relationships with their new neighbors.

Habitat began constructing homes in Lochlyn Hill in early 2018 in partnership with Milestone Partners LLC. The Habitat homes at Lochlyn include three- and four-bedroom houses.

Holly Wood and Damon Shelton will call Lochlyn Hill home thanks in part to a donation from Belk department stores. In honor of the University of Virginia football team playing in the 2018 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C., Belk donated funds to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville to sponsor the Wood-Shelton’s home and fly their family to enjoy the game.

“Working alongside these eight families as they have built and purchased their homes is part of our larger goal of providing affordable housing opportunities throughout our community,” says Dan Rosensweig, President, and CEO of Habitat. “We celebrate these eight families at Lochlyn and look forward to partnering with other families who want to achieve the strength, stability, and independence that homeownership provides.”