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Lexington Habitat celebrates dedication of new home for Lily Milan family, just in time for Christmas


Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrated it last new home of the season for homebuyer Lily Milan and her three children at 1873 Costigan Drive.

Lily lived in Southern California before putting roots down in Lexington and now she can make those roots grow deeper with homeownership!

When asked what having a Habitat house means to her she said, “It means stability, ownership and building a foundation for my children.”

Lily Milan and family

Lily has three children, Stephanie (7), Phillip (5) and Alicia (3) that she adores spending time with whenever she isn’t working at Amazon. Her children love playing soccer, dancing, singing and pretending they are in a band. Lily also looks forward to having a yard at their new home so she can teach her children how to play catch. “They still need practice!” she jokes.

However, she isn’t just excited for her children; Lily recognizes the impact homeownership can make for her as well. She says the first things she will do when she moves into her new home are start an herb garden and ask her mother to pack her bags.

“I’ve been begging her to move out here from California,” she says. With her mother’s help with the kids, Lily can start tackling her next goal; getting her college degree.

Lexington Habitat CEO Rachel Childress remarked that “Lily has overcome many obstacles and we are grateful to welcome her to the Habitat family. She knows that providing this strong foundation for her children will make a difference in their futures. On Wednesday, we not only celebrate Lily’s dedication, our final dedication ceremony of the year… we also celebrate the close of Lexington Habitat’s 30th year of building homes, communities and hope in Lexington.”

The Parker Family is the sponsor of the home for Lily and her family, continuing their longtime commitment to ensure that another family in Lexington has a safe, affordable place to live.

Lexington Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Lexington Habitat also advocates for improved access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow.

Since 1986, Lexington Habitat has nearly 450 families through homeownership, over 325 families with our tithe and more than 1,000 families through Love Your Neighborhood programs.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit lexhabitat.org, or follow us facebook.com/lexhabitat or at twitter.com/lexhabitat.

LEXINGTON HOMEOWNER STUDY OUTCOMES

98.4% of homeowners are proud of their home.

80% say Habitat classes prepared them for homeownership.
87% reported learning a lot from their sweat equity.

41% have been working at the same job for 5+ years.

96% reported their children are happier.

90% say their children have a quiet space to do homework.
76% stated their children’s grades had improved.

84% reported their children’s school attendance had improved.
86% reported their children were healthier and sick less often.

Habitat for Humanity


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