Six Low-Income Families In Andrews To Get Free Homes 4/17/13
CBS 7 News
April 17, 2013
ANDREWS-Ersilia Aguerro has lived without fully working heat and ac for quite some time.
Now her home’s foundation is in bad shape--her house cracking and crumbling around her and not to mention the mold.
But for her and five other families in Andrews, the poor conditions will soon be a thing of the past..
A crack runs through the center of Aguerro's home, a broken hot water heater sits idle, not that it would matter much, running water can't reach half of her home. Her family doesn't come over much -- because the heat and ac rarely work.
"I worry about it in the night, I have to check on it and night,” Aguerro said. “I can't have kids come over because it's either too hot or too cold."
Mold creeps across the ceiling of a bathroom that doesn't work--more under the kitchen sink. A bedroom is unused where mold and a buckling floor reign free, but all that will soon change.
"It will be a new beginning, a new start in my life,” said Aguerro. “I can finally have people over because they won't be embarrassed about my house."
Thanks to $500,000 in federal HUD grant money and $12,000 dollars from the city of Andrews, six families were chosen to have their homes bulldozed, with a new one put in it's place. She and the five other families signed the final paperwork to get their homes today.
But for Aguerro--who was seventh in line, her dream almost didn't come true.
"I didn't really think it was going to happen, I want to thank everyone who has been helping me, including city officials,” said Aguerro, who was ecstatic when she got the call that she would be receiving that sixth free home after all.
The city hopes to do the program again in the future, there were 13 applicants who met the criteria of low-income living in substandard conditions but only six homes.
The homes should be finished just in time for Christmas.