Success Story
Release No.STELPRD4014825
, Feb 01, 2012 --

Community Building

Special Needs Mother and Family Build Own Home

Outline Of Need:

Due to chronic arthritis, Christine Goins has known for some time she will eventually need a wheelchair accessible home. Her mobility is limited and with rapidly advancing arthritis she will not be able to manage a home with stairs. She needed a one-level home for her family however in the area she lives in, this type of house was hard to come by.

How Rural Development Helped:

USDA Rural Development assisted Goins in acquiring a loan to build her own home that will fit her unique needs.

The Results:

Through the 502 Mutual Self-Help Housing program, six total low-income families were able to build their own homes with sweat equity in rural Ivins, Utah.

Goins has three children and for the first time, each one has his or her own bedroom.“Their little dreams are coming true,” Goins said. Her home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, all of which are handicap accessible. The house is built on one level to accommodate a wheelchair, whenever Goins will need one.

The experience was difficult, especially with Goins’ condition, but she and her children were happy to pitch in and help the other families with their homes as well. Goins sees the Self-Help Program as a positive experience.“I learned a lot of new things so now I know how to fix things around the house. There is no anxiety.”

This program allows families to get to know their neighbors as they contribute at least 65 percent of the labor involved in building their homes. After going through the program Goins plans on contributing more of her time to volunteer work and promoting the program. “Whatever we can do to help the next family, my goal is finding someone in the same boat as me who needs help.”

January 2012

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