Perseverance Leads To Homeownership

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Kual Ayai, a devoted husband, loving father of three daughters, provider, protector, and former elementary teacher in his home country of South Sudan, moved to Chattanooga in 2010 with a mission – find employment, provide a safe haven for his family, and to achieve the American Dream.
 
Habitat officials said, "You would never know from his constant warm smile that Kual functions off a small amount of sleep daily. He may be tired but he is extremely inspired to become a homeowner through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.
"
 
In an effort to establish a firm foundation for his family, Mr. Ayai and his wife enrolled in Habitat for Humanity’s Homeownership Program in July 2013. Families who enroll in Habitat’s program are required to complete a minimum of 350 sweat equity hours before they can purchase a Habitat home. Traditionally, it takes up to 12 months for most working families to complete their hours. But in Mr. Ayai’s case, he secured more than 200 hours in two months and is well on his way to becoming a first-time homeowner.
 
After working two eight-hour shifts six days a week, Mr. Ayai has denied himself rest to volunteer 30 hours weekly at Habitat to expedite the homeownership process. His perseverance has led him on a fast track to successfully fulfill his dream of owning a home.
 
On Saturday, the fruits of his labor will pay off when he and his family along with members of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Second Presbyterian Church and Mizpah Congregation break ground of his new Southside home. Construction will begin following the groundbreaking and the home is expected to be completed by late May – weather pending.  

Home Sales Increase In April In Chattanooga

Home sales increased in April in Chattanooga, according to a report from the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors.   The report said, "As we turn the page to the second quarter of 2015, a proliferation of new  listings is expected in most markets across the U.S. Spring is traditionally the  commonplace time of the year that we see some of the most desirable ... (click for more)

Georgia Real Estate Investor Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging And Fraud Conspiracies At Public Foreclosure Auctions

A Georgia real estate investor pleaded guilty on Tuesday for his role in conspiracies to rig bids and commit mail fraud at public real estate foreclosure auctions in Georgia, the Department of Justice announced. Felony charges against Eric Hulsman were filed on March 27, in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia in Atlanta. According to court documents, from ... (click for more)

National Championship Bicycle Racing Gets Underway In Chattanooga

National championship bicycling racing got underway in Chattanooga on Saturday morning under glorious Memorial Day weekend weather. Individual Time Trial Para-Cycling began at 8 a.m. at the Volkswagen facility. Individual Time Trial Female was at 11 a.m. and for the men was at 2 p.m. The Para-Cycling road race is Sunday at Volkswagen. The female road race kicks off ... (click for more)

Flora Tydings Selected As Chattanooga State’s Next President

Flora Tydings is expected to be named the next president to lead Chattanooga State Community College pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents at a special called meeting next Wednesday. The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. CDT at the TBR System Office in Nashville. Included on the agenda is TBR Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for Dr. Tydings to replace Interim President ... (click for more)

Shame On The Housing Authority

With Chattanooga and other cities around the nation struggling to find solutions to chronic homelessness it's cruel to evict families likely with children over a fight.   When you evict the adults you're also evicting any and all children in the household.  Intelligence would dictate looking for a root cause. Compassion would dictate looking for alternatives. Both ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Great Orthopedic Success

Mark Freeman, the chief of orthopedic surgery at Erlanger Hospital, shared a dazzling look at our area’s Level One Trauma Center Friday morning. Yet, as he described the dramatic changes that have occurred in just the past 12 months, the promise of what will happen within the next year was even more appealing. Believe this, our flagship hospital is getting well in a hurry. “If ... (click for more)