Meet Lillian

Lillian Dixon just helped us break the ground on her home! Lilian is an Army Veteran and currently works for NeoNova. She has two kids and is excited for all of them to live in their own home.

We know filling out Habitat’s application can be daunting, and it’s only the first step in the journey to homeownership through Habitat. In Lilian's case she filled out the application, she waited, and then… she didn’t qualify.  While she met most of Habitat’s criteria for homeownership, she didn’t have two years of rental history.

Fortunately, Habitat was able to provide an option for Lilian: she could build rental history through Habitat’s "HIP". HIP, an acronym for Homeowner Incubation Program, is an innovative Durham Habitat program designed for folks just like Lilian, those who meet most, but not all, criteria for homeownership.  HIP is a short-term rental as a pathway to homeownership.   

After several months of rental in one of our HIP units Lillian reapplied and was finally approved! Now, Lillian and her family are well on their way to homeownership and building wealth in the coming years. 

Durham Habitat’s HIP is a young program still in its pilot phase, and Lilian is one of the first HIP participants to break ground on her home. We invite you to join a Durham Habitat partnership.

Click here to volunteer or donate! Click HERE to follow along with construction.

Habitat Success Stories

“Five years ago, a tree fell on my house and caused all but one room to leak. I used all my funds, so I called Habitat for Humanity, which helped me build a new roof. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life, and I just want to thank everyone at Habitat. God bless you!" - Rita