Meet Our Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West Home Buyers are working members of our community. They must put in 300-400 hours of sweat equity on home construction, attend educational programs centering on crucial life skills and pay a mortgage on their homes after purchasing. Below is just one example of the over two hundred families we serve.

The Anthony Family

Habitat Homebuyer “God is good” is the mantra that Lekeita Anthony has been following in her life even when she’s faced with difficulties. For the past seven years she’s been renting an apartment filled with unsafe living

conditions such as loose floorboards, lack of insulated heating, a concave front porch, and holes in areas such as her driveway. With an unresponsive landlord, Lekeita has tried to make adjustments to her living situation, such as using her oven for heat during the winter, an extremely unsafe and hazardous practice. Lekeita is also faced with an hour long commute to her job as a Call Status Clerk for Met Data, and wishes she had a stable home closer to her work.

Frustrated with things not being repaired, she sought out Habitat for Humanity STW after a coworker, who recently attended homeownership classes, referred her to the organization. Seeing it as a sign from God, Lekeita saw her opportunity and applied for a Habitat home.

The Anthony Family is part of Women Build 2017. Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that seeks to encourage women volunteers, without excluding men, to further the home building mission of Habitat for Humanity and positively impact the lives of children by making homeownership a reality for families.

Lekeita’s path to homeownership is fulfilling the mission of Women Build as she is not only working towards a home for herself but also a home to positively impact the life of her 18 year old son

Jacquan. Jacquan attends Pearl River Community College and is majoring in Computer Science. An extremely hard worker, Jacquan lives on campus but returns home on the weekends to help Lekeita with her sweat equity hours.

“I’m excited, because it’s all new beginnings for my son. He’s starting college and he’ll be getting a new home too,” says Lekeita. “I want him to have a home that he always knows he can come back to.”

A lover of Pinterest and planning family events, Lekeita is beyond excited to host a party for her friends and family in a safe environment where they can have fun and make memories. “Home to me is peace, love, and family. Without that there’s nothing. ” said Lekeita.



The McHugh Family

Habitat Homebuyer “Owning my own home means it is mine and I will have stability. It’s not something I will have to give back and I will have something to show for all of my hard work,” said Carly McHugh.

Hard work and helping others is what Carly is all about, along with her amazing sense of humor.

Carly, originally from Michigan, moved down south to Louisiana with her fur child, Daryl the dog. She began working at the Little Red Schoolhouse in Covington as the two-year-old classroom teacher. She didn’t know it at the time, but the Little Red Schoolhouse would be the stepping stone to her future in homeownership. It is there where she was introduced to Habitat for Humanity and it’s also home to her biggest cheerleaders, encouragers and supporters on this journey.

Carly currently lives in 375 square feet with her roommate to help with the cost of rent. Her biggest safety concern of her current rental is electrical issues. The microwave and refrigerator cannot be used at the same time or a breaker will blow and have to be reset by walking outdoors. In order to open the refrigerator door, you must know exactly what you need because if the door is held open too long the breaker will blow.

“The challenge of renting is trying to find somewhere that is affordable and isn’t falling apart. Also, finding a landlord who will actually maintain the property,” Carly said.

The biggest difference between the old and new place will be space. Carly will be able to finally have company over. With her brother and sister-in-law expecting a baby in December, she will be able to host them and have space for her future niece or nephew to stay and play.

Not only is Carly excited about having company over, but she’s just as excited to decorate her own home. Carly’s favorite color is lime green and she loves anything with a moose. Her goal is to find a moose mailbox for her new home. She can’t wait to have a fenced in backyard with a patio for entertaining.

Looking into the future, Carly says,”I have learned how to save through Habitat’s homebuyer classes and once I pay off my home I will be 60 years old and will no longer have a house note. I will be able to retire with a peace of mind that I own my own home and will be able to take a vacation.”

Carly is part of Women Build 2016. Women Build is a Habitat for Humanity International program that seeks to encourage women volunteers, without excluding men, to further the home building mission of Habitat for Humanity and positively impact the lives of children by making homeownership a reality for families.

Just like the mission of Women Build, Carly tries to empower and encourage the children in her classroom daily.

“I encourage them to learn something new, use their words to communicate and at the end of every day I share something good they did with their parents when they are picked up. To see a child learn and know I taught them how to communicate or problem solve is very rewarding and empowering,” Carly said.



More Home Owners:

Johnson Family
Moritz Family
Harrison Family
Stallworth Family
Howard Family
Bunns Fairman Family
Lock Family