Homeowners complain of crime in Habitat neighborhood

Homeowners complain of crime in Habitat neighborhood (Image 1)

A north Nashville woman says buying her first home with the help of Habitat for Humanity put her back into the same situation she was trying to avoid. 

Habitat For Humanity helps people purchase and own quality, affordable homes, according to the non-profit's Web site.

Jacqueline Sneed bought what she thought was her dream home in Timberwood, a Habitat for Humanity development, in 2008. 

She told Nashville's News 2 that living in the neighborhood has turned into a nightmare.

“Very disappointing. I made the comment to Habitat just the other day, this is the biggest mistake that I've ever made in my life,” said Sneed.

Soon after closing on the property, Sneed said a man tried to break into her home while she was there alone with young children. 

Nearly four years later, Sneed said crime continues to be a problem for residents.

“Just dealing with break-ins, vandalism, car break-ins. We had one woman attacked in her driveway where a gun was put to her head and her car was taken,” Sneed told Nashville's News 2.

Like many of her other neighbors, Sneed said she does not believe the problems are coming from her Habitat for Humanity community, but are coming from some of the other run down neighborhoods nearby.

Sneed believes building the Habitat homes so close to them was a mistake.

“It's like we live in fear. We have to get in before dark and don't come back out,” said Sneed.

Sneed is now hoping to sell her home back to the organization that helped put her in it. 

A spokesperson for Habitat for Humanity told Nashville's News 2 that four homeowners have inquired in the last 30 days about selling back their homes.

Some of the residents have formed a neighborhood watch and the homeowner's association recently hired a private security company for protection.

Habitat for Humanity said it's working closely with city leaders and Metro police to improve the situation.

To learn more about Habitat For Humanity, visit HabitatNashville.org.

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