Edith, Marina and Pearl Kemoh have a busy week ahead of them. They’re moving into a new home, just in time for the holidays.
The single mother and two daughters are the latest family to purchase a home through the Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. They formally christened their new digs, a three-bedroom townhouse off Beauregard Drive in Leesburg, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday evening.
“Thank you all for your support. I’m grateful to call this home,” Kemoh said, before inviting a crowd of well-wishers to tour the renovated townhouse.
Kemoh, who works as a licensed practical nurse, and her 13- and 5-year-old daughters have been renting an apartment near Fort Evans Road in Leesburg. She said they’ve had to move frequently as rent prices have continually ticked up.
“Owning a home will mean more stability for us,” she said.
Plus, her youngest daughter can walk to school at Cool Springs Elementary.
find temporary housing and later connected her with Loudoun Habitat for Humanity. Habitat partners with families to help them buy houses that the organization has built or renovated. The homes are sold to the families at somewhat of a discount because much of the material is donated by local businesses, and the work is done by volunteers.
To qualify, the families are required to invest what Habitat calls “sweat equity.”
After working her night shift, Kemoh spent hundreds of hours renovating the home, alongside construction manager Bud Green and a team of volunteers. Since September, the crew replaced the house’s plumbing, decking, flooring, cabinetry and appliances, and also painted the entire inside.
In Loudoun, Habitat for Humanity aims to build or renovate and sell about eight homes a year.
James Bailey, executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, said many families in Loudoun County, which has the nation’s highest median household income at about $119,000, have a particularly hard time finding homes they can afford.
“Not only do we have the highest income in the country, we have some of the most expensive housing,” he said.
Habitat for Humanity wants to help bridge that gap for more families. The organization is looking to partner with a family to purchase a four-bedroom, two-level house, now under construction in Round Hill.
To qualify, a household must make between 30 and 50 percent of Loudoun County’s area median income, or between $32,700 and $54,500. Learn more at loudounhabitat.org.