Housing is an important part of what we do. Through Charis Community Housing, FCS has been creating mixed-income housing opportunities for almost 30 years because we believe a home is essential to a family's health and success.
On the blog, we have featured homeowners and rents who have made their home through FCS. You can find interviews with Tanisha, James, the Bass family, and the Hightower family. Today, we'd like to introduce you to Billy Quezada.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
I am from Guatemala, and I immigrated to the States in 2005. My wife and I have two beautiful kids, a daughter who's five and a half, and a three year old son.
When did you purchase your home in South Atlanta?
We moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2009 from Los Angeles. In California, home ownership felt completely out of reach, and we were excited to work with Charis to find a home we could afford in a neighborhood with such great community.
What is your favorite thing about living in South Atlanta?
We have been blessed by the community of neighbors since day one, when people came out to help us unload our moving truck. We've lived here seven years now, and have loved getting to know our neighbors on our street, as well as others through events like Progressive Dinner, Treat Street, and Kickball. It's a very active community, and I can't imagine living in a place where you don't know your neighbors. And I'm glad my kids have the opportunity to grow up in such a welcoming and diverse place.
Finally, I love having such easy access to downtown and the fun city places Atlanta has to offer. Everything, including the airport, is super close to South Atlanta. And we can't wait for the Beltline coming to the neighborhood!
How do you hope to see the community change in the next ten years?
There's still empty houses in the neighborhood, and I'd like to see those filled. And I look forward to seeing more businesses in the neighborhood. There's room for more people and activity in South Atlanta, while also maintaining the diversity and history of our community.
What has home ownership meant to you?
To me, owning a house has brought a sense of security and stability. Especially as a parent, I'm glad to know my kids have a place to call home.
Looking for a place your family can call home? Check out our current houses for sale!