Jenna and Humphrey Mumba’s story isn’t really any different than that of other first-time, middle-income homebuyers served by Proud Ground. They moved three times in five years . The rent kept rising. They wanted their children, Elijah, 7, and Lizelle, 3, to be able to stay in the same school. They just wanted a place to call their own.
Jenna Mumba is thankful for this opportunity, “This program gives families like ours the opportunity to buy an affordable home! Now we can raise our family in a neighborhood like we have always hoped for.”
The Mumbas have been married for more than five years. Jenna was born and raised in Oregon and Humphrey was born in Zambia, Africa, where he lived until he was 24 years old. Their two children will be soon be joined by a third and, according to Humphrey, “Family is the most important thing to us.”
The Mumbas were tired of moving from one place to another every couple of years, and, according to Jenna, “To make matters worse, rent was always going up. So, we decided that in order for us to make sure that our kids stayed in one school district, we needed to buy a house and establish ourselves in one area that we both loved. And we also wanted a place that we can call our own! A place that would allow us to personalize it the way we wanted.”
The Mumbas got all that they wanted for just $117,400. In 2015 They purchased a 1300 square foot, three-bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in Beaverton’s Sexton Mountain neighborhood valued at $182,500. Their affordable purchase price was made possible thanks to Proud Ground’s homeownership program that administers funds to make homes affordable. For the Mumbas, those funds came from the City of Beaverton and Community Frameworks’ (HUD) SHOP funds.
The Mumbas are the 300th household served by Proud Ground, and the seventh Proud Ground homebuyers served by City of Beaverton’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle explains why the City supports Proud Ground’s program, “The City of Beaverton believes homeownership is a path to family well-being and stability by providing a sense of place and wealth creation. Proud Ground has the opportunity to make a real difference in Beaverton and we strongly support their affordable homeownership values.”