Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:57 PM by Melissa Schroeder - email@example.com
Updated: Nov 15, 2012 1:12 PM
WOODSBORO -- Five Woodsboro families received new homes today as part of a federal grant.
The families already owned homes and paid their taxes but, their houses were falling apart around them and they didn't have the money to keep up.
For years, Albert Menchaca helped to build homes for other people.
Now someone built him one.
You could see the excitement in Albert's eyes when he got a look at his new home for the first time.
And his wife Julia could hardly believe it.
The couple's daughter, Mary Alice Ortega, said, "They didn't think they were really going to get one until they saw them tear down the old house and start building the new house."
Julia said, "Thank you everybody for this house. This is beautiful."
The Menchaca's old home was built in this same spot more than 60 years ago and they're family says it was falling apart.
They said, "There's lots of problems no insulation, it was cold. The roofing, leaking, cracks in windows, all broken, shattered."
So they applied for help.
Instead of repairs, they got a brand new home, complete with appliances and for the first time ever, Julia has a washer and dryer!
It took about five months to build the home and after signing a few papers and receiving their new keys, the Menchaca's are ready to move in.
They should be sleeping there by Friday night.
The town of Woodsboro is taking more applications to build another ten homes for low-income families.
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