The McCarson Family
“I love my family, and we need a new home because my mom works very hard to keep me and my brother alive.”
~ From the application letter written by Amara McCarson’s eight year old daughter
As a loving mother to two beautiful children, Amara McCarson has done everything she can to give her children a good life. Her eight-year-old daughter made that clear when she submitted her own letter, along with her mom’s, explaining why the family would like to purchase a home through Habitat.
Working as a full time swing manager at McDonalds, Amara has a steady income but long work hours. Her job, combined with the demands of parenting two small children, doesn’t allow much free time. However, her busy schedule has not stopped her from continuing her education online.
As is true for many hardworking families in our area, finding affordable housing for her family has been one of Amara’s greatest challenges. After a long and arduous search, she felt fortunate to find a reasonably priced two bedroom rental in Black Mountain.
Amara was so relieved to find a house within her budget that she accepted some less-than-ideal circumstances that went along with her rental – including a basement full of a previous tenant’s belongings. As they settled in, Amara noticed that the foundation was deteriorating, causing the walls to separate from the floor. With leaks in the sewer line and windows that didn’t open, the house was saturated with mold and mildew.
Amara’s infant son was the first to be affected by the mold: he needs daily breathing treatments to counteract the allergens in the home. Having learned that affordability does not guarantee sanctuary, Amara applied for a home through Habitat, knowing it would be both affordable and safe for her family. Amara and her children have been approved to purchase a 3 bedroom/ 1.5 bath, Green Built NC certified home in Arden.