The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care Donated 350 Fire Extinguishers to Families in Need

July 25, 2018  |  UNC School of Medicine

A fire in Efland, North Carolina sparked an idea for fire safety classes that eventually spread to a collaboration between the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Orange County Fire Marshal and Safe Kids that culminated in community education and donation of life-saving fire extinguishers   Read more

Crescent Magnolia, affordable senior living, under construction

May 23, 2018  |  News of Orange

In September, Habitat for Humanity will break ground for a senior living community, Crescent Magnolia, in the Waterstone development.  This is possible thanks to a portion of the Orange County affordable housing bond funds approved for phase one in November 2016. $2.5 million was distributed among four county affordable housing projects to create 52 homes, with Habitat receiving a little over $900,000, about one-third of the development cost.  Read more

Chapel Hill weighs affordable housing bond referendum

April 25, 2018  |  Spectrum News

Voters could decide whether to add more affordable housing to Chapel Hill. Town leaders are taking steps to include it on the November 2018 ballot. Adding 400 new housing units and renovating 275. Bond referendum will include one cent tax hike. Town leaders will hold town hall on May 9th at 7 p.m. “We have a need in Chapel Hill for affordable homes that are both for rental and home ownership in the community because we recognize that's a big gap in the housing market,” said Loryn Clark with the Office of Housing and Community. Read more




Alexandra has traveled the county and world, but her favorite place to stay and call home is right here in Orange County. “I love to take group-guided trips with other people my age. I’ve been able to see so many places internationally and domestically,” Alexandra shares. Once on a trip to visit her parents, she passed through Hillsborough and loved it so much, she knew she wanted to live in the area someday. A year and a half ago, she was able to make the move and currently rents in Carrboro.

When looking to get involved in the Hillsborough community, she found information on Habitat’s new senior housing program. Always being interested in homeownership and the work Habitat does, she applied, was accepted, and got to work on sweat equity quickly after. “Owning a home gives me control over my financial situation. Owning a Habitat home gives me peace of mind that I won’t be priced out of the area,” said Alexandra. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to stay active by building mine and my neighbors homes as well as stay independent when I move in my own home.”

Alexandra looks forward to gardening, cooking, and entertaining in her new home. “I’m excited to plan for a future in my new affordable home!”



Leola loves to spend time with her family. With five siblings, four grandchildren, and two adult children all mostly living in the area, she gets her fill of family time. “We love to cook and go to the park together. It’ll be nice to have my own kitchen and all of the common outdoor space to spend time with them in,” she says about spending time with her grandchildren. She can’t wait to move into her new Habitat home and have all her family over to visit.

She currently lives with some relatives in an older family home. The house has wear and tear which is starting to make it unsafe. She also has to share most living spaces and has no personal space to call her own. After hearing about Habitat and the senior homeownership program from a friend, she applied to “see what would happen” and has been excited about the process since acceptance. 

“It was now or never with owning my own home. This is a great opportunity for me and I wouldn’t have had a chance without Habitat,” says Leola. “I’m already thinking about what I’m going to make for Christmas dinner next year!”

Regina Miller

Regina Miller

“This new home will provide our family with a stable home,” said Regina. “I can’t wait for my children to have their own rooms and to live in a neighborhood with other children.”

Regina Miller and her two children currently live in Hillsborough, NC where they share a bedroom. They are living with eight other relatives in a three bedroom home. “We relocated here from the coast about three years ago to be closer to family, and living with our family was our best option,” said Regina. “It has been a great fit for our family, but now we are ready to have our own space and own a home we can grow in for years to come.”

Regina works at the Orange County clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk. She loves her job and everyone she works with. When Regina isn’t working, her and her children like to get outside and explore local parks and see things. They like to be adventurous.  “I am really proud of my mom,” said Aiden. “She is going to be able to afford a great home for us and that is great.”