An entire Habitat subdivision is now sprouting in east Murfreesboro.
Legacy Pointe is a subdivision of 77 lots located off Twin Oak Drive, near Halls Hill Pike and east of Middle Tennessee State University. The ceremonial groundbreaking was in spring 2019.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity (RCHFH) has recently completed or nearly completed four houses and has started turning over the properties to the homebuyers.
Last week, Makeitha and her daughter accepted the keys to their new home on a beautiful at Legacy Pointe.
It was the 167th new home dedication from RCHFH, which was founded in 1989.
In January, the first home was dedicated to the homeowner, a man named Ali. The dedication was a small event, not the normal large public celebration with a ribbon-cutting due to precautions over COVID-19, Melissa Cross, development and marketing director, said in a statement.
Cross provided a short biography for Ali; Habitat does not normally provide full names of its clients.
The Iraqi native said he was the second of three boys in a middle-class family. They fled Iraq for Syria in 2005. They stayed in the Middle East for nine additional years, but emigrated to Tennessee and settled in Smyrna.
Ali is employed at Walmart and worked his way up to head of the Home Lines Department. He attends Motlow College and is pursuing an accounting degree. He applied for the Habitat program in 2017. His wife is finishing college in Iraq, and Ali told Habitat he hopes she can join him soon.
“It is so touching that people come from all over to make other people happy,” Ali told Habitat.
RCHFH is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian ministry that partners with volunteers and corporations. Construction is done by RCHFH construction staff, homebuyers who provide “sweat equity” and volunteers. The home is then sold to the buyer at no profit by Habitat and with an affordable monthly mortgage.
There have been limited opportunities for volunteers at Legacy Pointe due to COVID-19 precautions, Cross said.
Last fall, The Rotary Club of Smyrna, The Rotary Club of Murfreesboro and the Murfreesboro Breakfast Rotary Club led the Second Annual “Rotary Panel Builds” event, the Murfreesboro Post reported at the time. Volunteers helped to build wall panels for one of the Legacy Pointe homes; the construction took place inside a large building, and the panels were disassembled and transported to the home site.
Homebuyers take 30 hours of classes on homeownership and finance and provide 300-400 hours of sweat equity, Cross said. Those who complete the requirements may qualify for a home in the fall 2021 or spring 2022 builds.
RCHFH announced it had recently received a $15,000 grant from State Farm Insurance to build three homes in Legacy Pointe.
“Part of State Farm’s mission is to help people realize their dreams, which is why we’re proud to provide this financial support to help families attain their dreams of homeownership,” Judy McConkey, State Farm corporate responsibility analyst, said in a statement.