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Habitat Wants To Spread Word Of Home Ownership To Hispanic Families

Posted May 14, 2001 10:57 a.m. EDT

— Every year, hundreds of low-income families discover home ownership throughHabitat for Humanity. However, one segment of the population that could use the organization's help is not getting it.

Reyna Sanchez says she heard of Habitat through word of mouth, but for many in the Hispanic community, something is getting lost in the translation. Of the 150 Habitat homes in Wake County, only two are owned by Hispanic families.

"I'm not seeing a high-level of recognition for the Habitat name and logo among the Hispanic community, believe it or not, even though it's an international organization," says Lara Cely ofHabitat of Wake County.

The staff at Habitat of Wake County wants to change that. They are encouraging Hispanic groups, churches and businesses to get the word out.

Sanchez is also helping the cause. She talked to her oldest daughter, Marisol, about trying to get a house from Habitat.

"We're just getting started. We have one year that we're married, and so without Habitat, we wouldn't be able to get a house," Marisol says.

Habitat's Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Habitat Reuse Center on Alwin Court in Raleigh.