PAOLI — Orange County Habitat for Humanity has announced its newest partner family with Paoli native Elizabeth Phillips and her four daughters Harleigh, Abby, Lynlie and Maggie.
They family will be the recipients of a 0% interest mortgage on the upcoming home build in Paoli!
“I’m a Paoli native, born and raised. I graduated from Paoli High School in 2003 and I have four beautiful daughters that attend school in Paoli as well. I work locally in Paoli for Electricom, a telecommunications and utility services company,” Phillips said.
Harleigh (16) is a senior at Paoli Jr Sr High School. She’s a cheerleader and she’s passionate about working with children. She plans to attend college for elementary education.
Abby (15) is a sophomore at Paoli Jr Sr High School and she plays softball and volleyball. She’s super smart, ranking 5th in her class of 102.
Lynlie (7) is a second grader at Throop and she is incredibly intelligent. She loves animals of all kinds and loves spending time outside.
Maggie (3) is the family baby. She’s super independent and is a very lovey toddler with an attitude to boot.
“As a family we love music and watching movies together. In the summers, you can find us taking in the sunshine at parks. During the school year, we spend a lot of time following local sports to support the older girls in their sports passions,” Phillips said. “As a single mother, affording housing alone on a single income seemed impossible. Luckily, I had a great support system in my parents, and they welcomed myself and the four girls into their house. We’ve lived with them for over a year. Throughout the past year, I’ve looked into rental housing assistance. With my income and dependent number, I found that I was eligible but I was within only a few dollars from being ineligible. What that meant to me is there was no room for self-improvement. If I were to find a job which could provide a better life for my family, I would have to give up my housing.”
The family looked into private rentals, but they ranged from $950 to $1,500 per month for a three-bedroom, one-bath home in town.
“Homeownership didn’t seem possible either. With the wild increase in the housing market, what would be considered ‘in my budget’ would still leave us really lacking space or with a need to make serious repair to the home,” she said. “When I applied for the Habitat for Humanity partnership, I figured it was a long shot. But I am so glad that I took the leap. To have a hand in building a future for my kids is invaluable. I’m looking forward to seeing my kids also invest their own sweat equity. The kids are looking forward to sleepovers with friends, privacy, dance parties in the kitchen, and security. I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to our partnership with Habitat.”
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