NC family receives Habitat home

(CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A family has a new home Thursday thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the State Fair.

Anayo and Chinyere Offia became homeowners.

It was a long path that took them there.

In 2011, the family moved from Nigeria to Raleigh. They were immediately faced with a hard situation.

“When we first got here, our first son spent eight months in the hospital. He had a heart defect. He was born with a heart defect,” said Chinyere Offia.

Their son Chisimdi had been born with a congenital heart defect. The family says Duke University Medical Center saved his life. So Anayo Offia got a job with them as a surgical attendant, and Chinyere works as a nursing assistant.

But still housing in Raleigh and Wake County is expensive. That’s where Habitat came in.

The home was built at the State Fair this year and recently was driven about 10 miles to its current location — a journey that took six hours.

“We have 28,00 families in wake county that have a housing need and it’s about affordability,” said Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s president, Kevin Campbell.

The family hopes to be moved in by the end of the month.

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