Norman and Maria and their three children – Hezekiah (17), Aziel (14), and Jedediah (8) – have lived in a small two-bedroom apartment for the past 2 ½ years. The home is poorly insulated and thus is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Their apartment is in both a busy and dangerous part of National City. The family can often hear police sirens. The children are not allowed to play outside. Even if they were, there is no place for them to play. Owning their own home would allow the children to play in their back yard without fear of harm. In their apartment complex, the neighbors smoke and party late into the night. The family has hoped for a quiet, peaceful place to live for a long time.

Because they live in a two-bedroom apartment, one of their sons must sleep in the living room. Purchasing one of the Habitat homes in National City will allow each child to sleep in a bedroom.