A Foundation for the Future
When CHP purchased and renovated Lafayette Village Apartments in 2007, several apartments in the Williamsburg rental community were outfitted with accessible features such as ADA approved emergency strobe fire alarms, safety assist bars in the bathrooms, roll-in showers to accommodate wheelchairs, large fold-down shower seats, and more.
The updated homes were “heaven sent,” according to Haitian-born Laurena Morisset, who shortly after the rehabilitation work was completed, moved into an apartment designed by CHP’s in-house architects for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Being able to live in an accessible home was critical to Morisset because her twenty-year-old daughter Ana had a case of meningitis as a child that left her with symptoms akin to cerebral palsy and requires around-the-clock care. Morisset also has a daughter in high school and a son in the eighth grade.
Last February, Morisset purchased a home through Habitat for Humanity after working full-time and completing hundreds of sweat equity hours. She and her children now live in a brand new 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom house that is fully accessible for Ana and has plenty of room for the family of four to live comfortably.
“We are so excited for Laurena and her family!” exclaimed Lafayette Village Property Manager Tina Rice. “CHP also feels proud that we were able to offer the Morriset’s an affordable and supportive environment to live in as Laurena worked to create a more stable future for them all.”
Rice explained, “We are very passionate about building a stronger community by encouraging strength in individuals. We do this by providing decent and affordable housing and helping to empower those who live at here by offering on-site resident services programs that focus on building life skills, promoting health and wellness, and supporting financial stability. We were sad to Laurena go, but know she has worked hard to get where she is today and she deserves it.”