SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A home was dedicated to a family in Springfield Wednesday morning by the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity and the City of Springfield.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity dedicated the house to the Toto Mikango family who came from Africa in 2015.
The house is located at 175 Bloomfield Street and is a newly built home by the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity and the City of Springfield through the city’s HOME funds.
“My administration and I have been long-time partners with Habitat for Humanity. I cannot say enough about this program, which brings a number of volunteers and generosity from businesses, including sweet equity from the homeowner, which all goes to make for a stronger street and neighborhood with the new families coming in,” said Mayor Sarno.
The family applied to the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program four times before they got accepted. More than 200 volunteers from a number of organizations helped initially.
But, the executive director of the organization told 22News, the pandemic had a drastic impact on their workforce.
“As most people know, we work off of our volunteers, and with group restrictions and just trying to keep everybody safe, we haven’t really been able to have our volunteers out on site, so we’ve been doing it more with our limited staff, which is three,” said Aimee Giroux, executive director.
The organization has provided over 50 homes for local people in need.