Fort Myers, FL (11/4/2021) – Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc. (AHF) announced that Lawrence Heyliger, a 100% disabled veteran, is purchasing his first home from AHF to be built in Lehigh Acres, FL.

“Lawrence Heyliger has always dreamed of owning his own home but found himself unable to afford one in southwest Florida,” explained Lois Healy, executive director of Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc.

Lawrence Heyliger discovered the Affordable Homeownership Foundation’s website while searching for affordable home builders that help veterans purchase and own their first home. Affordable Homeownership Foundation rehabilitates and builds homes for people in Lee County.

“Mr. Heyliger connected with a home buying counselor at AHF to learn more about becoming a first time homebuyer,” Healy explained. “After meeting with AHF, Mr. Heyliger picked out a lot in a location that he liked to build his house. Once the lot and the floor plan were selected, the counselors at AHF worked diligently to help Mr. Heyliger qualify to purchase his first home.”

“Veterans that place their lives on the line for our country deserve the best,” shared Healy. “AHF enjoys helping veterans, especially when it comes to making the dream of homeownership a reality.”

Affordable Homeownership Foundation has been building and rehabilitating homes for veterans, families, and individuals since 2000. AHF has had a veteran homeownership program since 2014 when AHF became a part of the National Community Stabilization Trust Veteran Homeownership Program.

“We’re grateful to partner with Hemmer Construction on this project to build Mr. Heyliger’s home,” shared Healy. “The team at Hemmer shares the unique vision of AHF. Dan Hemmer, the owner of Hemmer Construction, believes helping veterans is key to giving back to those who have given their all for their country.”

Lois Healy is a veteran and established programs at AHF specifically aimed at supporting veterans in 2014 because the need for veteran housing was great.

“On October 8, 2021, we broke ground on Mr. Heyliger’s home. We expect construction to be finalized within six months,” explained Healy.

“I am excited to finally own my own home,” Heyliger remarked. “I have been renting all of my life, and I can’t wait to be able to have a BBQ in my own backyard.”

About AHF: Affordable Homeownership Foundation, Inc. was formed on October 16th, 2000 by Mr. Robert Shellman in Fort Myers, FL to provide comprehensive housing counseling, training, advocacy, technical assistance and housing opportunities both in rental and homeownership. AHF has built and rehabilitated homes for Veterans, families, and individuals since its establishment. AHF has had a Veteran Homeownership Program since 2014 when AHF became a part of the National Community Stabilization Trust Veteran Homeownership Program. Affordable Homeownership Foundation’s builder is Hemmer Construction out of Naples who believes that quality construction is key no matter what the purchase price of the home is.

Pictured (Left to Right): Robert Arnal – FineMark National Bank & Trust (the bank financing the construction of the home); John Baughman – Construction Manager for Hemmer Construction; Lois Healy – CEO of AHF; Lawrence Heyliger – Homeowner; and Ken Falvey – AHF’s Property Manager

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