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Published on February 13, 2020

Cone Health Sponsored Habitat House Opens

For keeping people out of the hospital, there’s no place like home.


Greensboro—Khalafalla and Najat have a new home. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro dedicated their home off Yanceyville Street Tuesday. The 1196-square-foot house represents a new start and a healthy one at that.  

“Ensuring stable and adequate housing is one of the best ways we can contribute to the health of our communities,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health.

Dr. Bruce Swords (left) with family

Dr. Bruce Swords (left) with family

This is the second Habitat home that Cone Health has been involved in. “Without adequate housing, families can face allergies and asthma from mold, pests and contaminants, and even behavioral and mental health issues from the stress of poor living conditions,” Swords adds. 

That is especially true for young children. Khalafalla and Najat have three, two sons and a daughter. They love that the home is on a dead-end street in a neighborhood full of children with room to run and play outdoors. 

While Cone Health sponsored the four-bedroom home and employees helped to help build it, Habitat Homes are not free. “Every homeowner purchases their home with a low-interest loan,” says Marian Ragsdale, senior development associate, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Greensboro. “Habitat ensures all homeowner’s will spend no more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs so they will have more resources each month for food, health care and school supplies with a goal to also put money in savings.” 

A healthy start in more ways than one.