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From Sweat Equity To Owning A Home

Hammers at a Habitat for Humanity site in Chattanooga.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga
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Hammers at a Habitat for Humanity site in Chattanooga.

(aired Thu 10/28/21) Cornelia Johnson had a dream - to own her own home here in Chattanooga.

It took seven years - but she got there, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area.

I spoke with her - and Jens Christensen, Habitat’s new CEO.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area, visit habichatt.org - or call 423-756-0507.

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