Episcopal House XIV
About the House
TYPE: 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath
HOUSE SIZE: 1,296 square feet
LOCATION: Lot 11, Construction site at New Heights, off of Old Haywood Rd
CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, August 17, 2021
STATUS: walls nearly complete; trusses on their way
Meet the Future Homeowners
“Owning a Habitat home means a better, diverse neighborhood; a community of working people with similar backgrounds, who share a common goal.”
~from Glenn Childes’ application letter
Evaluating Glenn Childes application for homeownership, we kept hearing the same thing, “Glenn is hard-working and trustworthy,” and “Glenn is a good man.” It didn’t take long for us to realize why he had so many fans. Sincere, reliable, dedicated single father- Glenn conveys a genuineness that is hard to miss.
The people at Trinity Episcopal Church can attest to this. Thirteen years ago, Glenn interviewed for a position as church sexton. By the end of the interview, he had the trust of the pastor and the keys to the building! From media production to grounds keeper, Glenn cares for Trinity Episcopal Church like it’s an extension of himself.
Speaking of an extension of self-Glenn beams when he talks about his son. Together they ride bikes, camp, and fly kites. As much fun as they have together, Glenn regrets that there are no kids in their neighborhood for his son to play with.
For more than a decade, they have lived in the same single-family home. To be sure, it is a nice place. But through the years, the once-affordable rent, increased exponentially. At last count, Glenn was spending 41% of his gross monthly income on rent. As a renter, his payments are contributing to the wealth of the owner.
As a Habitat homeowner, Glenn’s monthly mortgage is guaranteed not to consume more than 30% of his gross monthly income. And as a Habitat homeowner, his monthly payments will serve to build wealth for his family. While having kids is not a requirement for homeownership, there will be plenty of kids for his son to play with on New Heights Drive, the location of Glenn’s future 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom townhouse.
About the Sponsor
Glenn’s soon to be home is the 14th house sponsored by Buncombe County Episcopal churches. The Adopt-A-Lot sponsor is Tom and Kay Finger.