PALMDALE (KABC) — Buying a home, especially here in Southern California, can be an overwhelming challenge. But a local organization is helping those who have served our country meet that challenge. And the results are about much more than four walls and a roof.
“House prices were skyrocketing, so this program gave us a great opportunity to own a home where it might not be available at the time,” says Marcos Huerta.
It’s thanks to Homes 4 Families… who intervene to match 30-40% of a family’s household income to make that dream of home ownership a reality.
On this day, construction was underway for Phase 2 of this Palmdale development. Founded in 2008, the program has helped more than 400 low-income families — nearly half of them veterans and military families. And they’re not done yet! In the coming years, Homes 4 Families will help 52 additional military families.
“As veterans, we don’t just get a home, we kind of rehabilitate with everyone and we adjust with people who might have similar stories, similar things happening all at the same time,” Huerta said.
“Veterans earned this right through their service, their families earned this right because they also served while their loved one was at war,” said Donna Deutchman, CEO of Home 4 Families.
Actor Michael Fishman is one of the volunteers.
“You know, for the past four years I’ve played DJ Connor who is a veteran and it’s a real pleasure to honor the military a little bit, I come from a military family, both my father and brother are veterans. It’s very important to me,” said Visman.
Cecelia Evans explains what makes the program so unique. “I’ve been coming to the site for a while and I’ve helped build other houses so now I’m building mine. Makes it even better.”
It’s called sweat equality.
“By the time you get to that part where you have the house, you can say I helped build this,” Huerta said.
Giving real meaning to there is no place like home.
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