Cheers, tears of joy and laughter in the Surprise Original Town Site today as the Human Service and Community Vitality Department handed over the keys of a newly constructed 1,300 square foot home to a local family.
The three bedroom, two bathroom Habitat for Humanity-constructed home was built as part of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, an income-based grant that assists families with rehabilitation activities.
Estellene Williams recognized that her home was in need of major repair to make it safe for her family but lacked the means to cover the cost of the rehab. Williams contacted Neighborhood Services, a division of Human Service and Community Vitality, to inquire about grants that could offer financial assistance and learned that her home was eligible for a demolition and complete rebuild.
Construction of the home began in late 2014 and took approximately seven months.
Today, friends, family, Habitat for Humanity staff and city leadership, including city manager Bob Wingenroth, Councilmember Skip Hall, and Councilmember Rachel Villanueva, attended the presentation of the house.
A dream achieved, Estellene Williams cut the ribbon, received her keys and is excited to be moving into her new home.
The Williams’ home is one of five Surprise homes constructed thanks to the HOME grant. Although the new construction provision is no longer available in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, qualified residents can still receive assistance for major home repairs.
Additional grant programs available through Neighborhood Services include the Homebuyer’s Assistance Program, Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Major Rehabilitation Program.
To learn more about neighborhood grants and housing programs in Surprise, contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.