Two families receive keys to new Habitat homes in DeFuniak

Special to The Sun

Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, along with community leaders, supporters, homeowner families and friends, celebrated the completion of construction on two brand new homes and bus tour at a dedication ceremony in DeFuniak Springs earlier this month.

Home sponsors for the 38th and 39th build included Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Rex Lumber, CHELCO, City of DeFuniak Springs, GPL Landscaping, Mingledorffs, Whirlpool and CMC Trucking.

During the ceremony, sponsors were able to congratulate and hand over the ceremonial keys to the new homeowners. One of the two new Habitat homeowners, Brandy Odom, is Habitat’s 10th family to graduate off the Walton County Housing Agency’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) voucher assistance program. The grant gives the means to provide rental assistance to very low-income families in Walton County.

“Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is honored to continue its relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Walton County,” said Dan Buckner, chairman of the board of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. “While there are many ‘feel good’ moments throughout what Habitat does, nothing is better than witnessing the keys being turned over to a deserving family. Seeing children’s faces light up about their new room or yard pushes us each and every day to continually raise the bar for donations.”

Like all Habitat homeowners, these families contributed a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat equity” working on the construction of their home and the homes of others and participated in educational programs designed to strengthen the entire family and help to ensure their success as new homeowners. The new homeowners will continue to make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which in turn will go toward building more Habitat Walton homes.

Following the dedication ceremony, attendees were able to tour the new homes then take a bus tour showcasing the newest Habitat home under construction, 14 lots in Mossy Head – Habitat’s future Hope Village community, as well as its two SHIP Home Replacement Projects.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity of Walton County and upcoming builds, contact Teresa Schultz at or 850-660-1681.