Habitat for Humanity reached a milestone in Chattanooga Saturday.

It turned over the keys for its 250th home. Brenda Goodloe proudly shows off her new home on Snow Street.

For years, Goodloe dreamed of being a homeowner again after years of apartment living.

Now that dream is a reality, which really boils down to one thing.

"Freedom to have something on my own without having to pay rent, to have something I can leave to my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren," said Brenda Goodloe, Homeowner.  

"It is not a giveaway. It is a hand up, not a hand out," said  Dominique Brandt, Habitat for Humanity. 

Dominique Brandt says Habitat for Humanity is not only happy to help Brenda, but also the construction of her home marks the 250th built in Chattanooga.

"It is a huge accomplishment for us. We're not a huge affiliate so being able to have built 250 homes in 29 years is a lot for us," said Brandt.  

Which translates in to many transformed lives, for people who otherwise may not have been able to afford a home.

"That means that over a 1,000 men, women and children have been provided home ownership by this affiliate. We're very excited," said Brandt

Homeowners are required to put in 350 hours of work on their home and take 20 homeowner education classes, which earns them a new home, with an interest free mortgage.

"It was exciting and it was hard. It was a lot of hard work because I did most of the work myself," said Goodloe.

Brenda says she looks forward to settling in.

"Very exciting. Very exciting. I think I'm going to enjoy it," said Goodloe.  

It just so happens Sunday is Brenda's birthday, so the keys to her home couldn't come at a better time.

Habitat for Humanity is always welcoming donations and volunteers.

For more info on the application process, just call Habitat for Humanity at 423-756-0507.