Military veteran accepts keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

NORFOLK - Timothy Miller hosted a small party at his new home in Norfolk Thursday, with guests including Mayor Sue Fuchtman and USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul. The party was a celebration of homeownership during National Homeownership Month.  The home is a Habitat for Humanity home located at 111 Maple Avenue. It was built through the efforts of several partners, including USDA, Habitat for Humanity and Northeast Community College.  Donna Rector, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Norfolk, says the partnership with USDA helps her stretch limited dollars to more families.  Miller is a veteran of the U.S. Army who is 100 percent visually impaired. He had been renting for 17 years, and his latest apartment was cramped and less than ideal.  His mortgage payment on his new home is no more than rent on that apartment.  Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 26th home in Norfolk with ceremonies Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1408 East Benjamin Avenue. The public is invited to attend.