Houston's Habitat for Humanity Makes Home Ownership a Reality

Mayor Bill White helped to dedicate one of two homes ready to be occupied.

"May this labor of love built by our hands keep this family safe and secure."

The homes in the north Houston neighborhood of Settegast are part of a group of 34 properties Habitat purchased from Houston under the Land Assemblage Redevelopment Authority. Zipporah Smith says she had to contribute 300-hours of sweat equity toward her new home, something she thought would never happen after she left New Orleans.

"We came here from Katrina and it's been a struggle, but GOD makes a way out of no way. I'm a single mother of three kids. My kids are going to be able to have their own rooms, something they never had and somewhere to play, a yard to play in. So, I'm getting my life together, I'm making a way for my kids, everything is going good for me thanks to Habitat."

Some 830 tax-delinquent lots were acquired and turned into affordable homes. The 34-lots purchased by Habitat represent one of the largest program buys for a single housing organization working on the project.

Pat Hernandez, Houston Public Radio News

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