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Rocklin’s Davis family gets a new home habitat

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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No longer will the Davis family of eight be sharing one bathroom. Thanks to The Foothills Habitat for Humanity of Placer County, they will become owners of a four-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,400-square-foot house in Rocklin. Janet Davis said it will be a welcome change from their two-bedroom, one-bath home they currently rent in Rocklin. With eight people living under one roof, it can be tight quarters, but they make it work. “It’s hard, but we just manage,” Davis said. “We were just so excited to be able to have a home.” The family is currently in escrow and hopes to close in the next few days. They hope to move into their new home on Rocksaddle Way in the next couple of weeks. It took about six months and countless volunteers to turn the lot into a home, according to Tertia Hawkins, executive director of Foothills Habitat for Humanity of Placer County. “We build most of it by volunteers,” Hawkins said, adding that they also rely on the help from professionals to make sure the home is safe. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to provide simple, safe and affordable ownership housing for low-income families. Hawkins said there is a selection process where they’re in search of a family with a steady income, ability to put in sweat equity and a housing need. The Davis family fit the bill. “A lot of families want to own their own homes, but can’t afford it,” Hawkins said. Habitat for Humanity charges no interest on the loan, eliminating approximately two-thirds of the house payment, Hawkins said. They also don’t require much of a down payment, which is made up with the family’s assistance in building. “This is a family that is willing to work hard,” Hawkins said of the Davis family. Davis estimated her family volunteered between 800 and 900 hours toward helping. The oldest son, Jordan Davis, was able to help install insulation and sheet rock, while even the youngest kids helped paint. Janet Davis said she hopes it instills a sense of ownership in her kids. “It was a really exciting thing,” she said. Landscaping finished Friday and a dedication ceremony was held Saturday welcoming the family to their home. Hawkins, who started as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, said she still has a passion for helping families. For Hawkins, the dedication ceremony is “the moment you’re waiting for and working so hard for.” “You’ve just changed their lives forever — I still get chills,” she said. Visit the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Donate or purchase discounted building materials Where: ReStore, 8280 Industrial Ave. in Roseville Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; donations accepted 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday Information: 797-8673 or restore@foothillshabitat.org