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Groundbreaking housing ceremony held in Woodsboro

23 homes being built for residents in Refugio county
Posted at 12:22 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 13:23:05-04

REFUGIO COUNTY, TEXAS — The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group and its partners are hosting a groundbreaking ceremony for the residents in Refugio county who lost their homes from hurricane Harvey.

Two years after hurricane Harvey destroyed 23 homes, families who lost everything will be one step closer to finally having a place to call home with a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday in Refugio County.

The disaster aid of Ohio, along with other partners, begins construction on Tierra de Esperanza in Woodsboro on November 1, 2020.

“The Mennonite disaster service will be coming down. They will be signing some job cards so that they actually meet some of the families that they are going to be building houses for,” said Donna Rossen President of CBDRG.

The new homes being built will be windstorm certified to be able to sustain another disaster.

“What we are trying to accomplish here is build resiliency here into the community of Woodsboro,” said Christopher Brant Executive Director of CBDRG.

Work has already begun on the 3.6 acre lot. Trees and other debris have been cleared to make way for the carpenters.

“The sewer the waterlines and soon the power will be laid before they get here,” said Rossen.

In the meantime, as the homes are being built, the residents of Refugio county are living in a Catholic church, which has dormitory type living.

Project Tierra de Esperanza means land of hope and for the coastal bend disaster recovery group it’s making sure they are here to help rebuild the community.

“You know it was important for us and the community to try and inspire hope for these people that are still trying to recover,” said Brant.

Residents can expect to move into their new homes in April 2021 depending on the family