De La Paz – Rosero Family

Roberto and Tania were living in a cramped two-bedroom apartment with their three daughters under age 10. Roberto works in construction and Tania stays home with the children. They dreamed of owning a home and joined the Habitat program in 2016, working hard during the homebuyer education classes and enlisting family and friends to help them reach the required 300 hours of sweat equity.

The couple and their three daughters moved into a spacious home in a safe part of the city thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Berks County and the family’s hard work in partnering with the organization. Now, instead of rooming together in an attic, each of the girls has her own room and they are looking forward to having a small dog, which they couldn’t have before in the apartment. With Habitat’s low-interest mortgage, the family is paying less to own their home than they paid in rent.

De la Paz family in their Habitat home

October 2018 Update

Roberto said he learned about safety in the home and got some good advice to fix his credit score. “Habitat helped me with my credit,” Roberto said. He added that his mortgage payment is less than his rent payment once was.

The De La Paz children are happy with the move as well.  “We are happy because before we had to share a room and a bed,” said 13-year-old Raquel of herself and her sister, Carmen.  “We don’t fight as much,” she said. She added that they now have the space for friends to come over and a yard to play in.

They like their new neighborhood.  “It is very calming,” said Raquel. “I’m happy for me and my family.”  She told the story of two shootings in her previous neighborhood and waking up at night to police lights and sirens out in the street.

Even though her walk to school is longer than it once was, said she likes her new school where she is taking an advanced math class.  “This school has more programs, I think,” Raquel said, saying she likes the options for clubs and activities there.