LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Brenda Carter has lived in this home for 20 years, and has slowly been chipping away at a $70,000 mortgage. This month, Carter made her last payment and celebrated by burning the mortgage papers.
"I feel like everything is over." - Brenda Carter, Homeowner
The house was built in 1992 by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. When it was finished, the keys were given to this struggling mom of three. Longview Habitat's Executive Director LaJuan Hollis says owning a home can be nearly impossible if you are raising kids alone.
"If you are a low income individual, and you are working two jobs chances are you will not be approved for a mortgage. Eventually owning a home gives you a chance to focus on other things like education, and improving job skills." LaJuan Hollis, Executive Director of Longview Habitat for Humanity
Carter is using her gift for all three generations of her family. Her mom, and her daughter both live with her. She plans to pay it forward by helping to build other homes..
"I've had hard times, and I've struggled. I'm gonna go on and help other habitat people."