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Low-Income Families Benefit From Affordable Housing Program

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I think it means a lot. Having your family in a nice affordable home," said Ana Gomez.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I think it means a lot. Having your family in a nice affordable home," said Ana Gomez.

Gomez lives in a modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom home.

But Gomez says finding a home was a struggle.

"We were living with my parents for about two years until we were able to actually to look for a home and settle down," Gomez said.

Thanks to the Community Development Block Grant Program, low-income families are able to purchase affordable housing.

The CDBG program provides annual grants to allow for the construction of these homes.

Annually, the city receives an amount of $700,000, $750,000 but here in this target area, we put in quite a bit of money," said Sylvester Cantu, a community developer manager.

According to community developers, the funds all go to purchase land, provide water along with sewer improvements and street paving.

Gomez and her family moved into their home back in October.

It was the hundredth house to be built through the CDBG program.

"Construction didn't start until late 2012. So, we're looking at about a three-year window in which all the housing and construction is taking place," Cantu said.

Community developers tell me 131 new homes have been built or are still being built and 15 more homes will completed by the end of this year.

While the homes built in the targeted areas around midland are sold at appraised value, families purchasing the home are able to receive the help they need.

According to Cantu the Community Development Corporation "will provide some of that as deferred assistance. And also we'll get some other financial assistance to make the home affordable for low-income families who have to meet a guideline".

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