Framing the Future: Investing in Tomorrow
Carlos and Nataly came to Florida after Hurricane Maria ravaged their hometown in Puerto Rico. They shared a home with Nataly’s mother when they first came to Naples, but the young couple wanted the independence that comes along with having a place of their own. Both had gotten steady jobs at Naples Grande Hotel and felt confident that their income was sufficient, even though the most affordable one-bedroom apartment that they found cost more than $1,300 each month.
Unfortunately, they soon learned that the seasonal nature of Naples’ large restaurant and hotel industry can be crippling for hospitality workers in the off-season. Carlos and Nataly stayed in their apartment as long as they could, but now with Nataly staying home after the birth of baby Mateo, they were living on Carlos’s income alone. With the news that their rent would be rising even higher, they made the decision to move back in with Nataly’s mother. While the home that they share with her is well-kept and in a nice neighborhood, they know that this isn’t a long-term solution.
After learning about Habitat Collier from a family member, they knew it would be the only way that they would be able to achieve the dream of homeownership and to provide a solid foundation for their young family.
“At our apartment, the rent would rise $150 a year—it was almost impossible,” says Carlos. “we were living day-to-day, and this home will give us a chance to breathe a little bit. It’s a big accomplishment for us, it’s an investment.”
For this loving family, their Habitat home means endless possibility. They continue to rise above the challenges presented to them, and with your hand-up, they are ready to build a brighter future for their growing family. Your gift this holiday season will make a difference for families like Carlos and Nataly’s that lasts for years and years to come.