Habitat for Humanity helps local veteran go from renter to homeowner

Tamara Charles' new house is a dream come true.

Hadas Kuznits
July 21, 2018 - 9:24 am
Tamara Charles

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A local veteran has gone from renter to homeowner with the help of Habitat for Humanity. 

Tamara Charles says while she never really had financial training, she never expected to have financial troubles.

"Ten years ago, I was doing very well, but my problem was I was not saving for the bad times, so after I came home from deployment, I got married, had two more children, got divorced, had to switch jobs and took a very large loss of income,"Charles said. "I was not ready for that."

Charles got involved with Habitat for Humanity after she had to take a break in her National Guard service. Through Habitat, she started an anti-litter campaign in Pottstown, and this weekend she moved into her brand new Habitat house where she'll be living with her three children.

"My favorite part about having this house is that it's going to be a constant reminder of the kindness of so many people," she said, "and how you can have such an impact on someone else's life."

Charles says she looks forward to giving back to help other Habitat families accomplish their dreams of home ownership as well.