NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - About 50 Nacogdoches residents packed the C.L Simon Recreation Center Thursday night, with the hopes of getting a new home. Every two years, the city of Nacogdoches reconstructs broken down houses, for those with disability or low income. This is all thanks to funding provided by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. Nacogdoches resident Angelina Brown is keeping her fingers crossed. She's hope her application will be selected this year.
"My house might look nice from the outside but inside it has mold, mildew and the floors are rotten," Brown said.
Brown has live in her four bedroom house for over 20 years. She said after the years of wear and tear, it's time for a new house. She doesn't exactly know how her dream house turned into a home unfit for her family, but as a grandmother taking care of four of her grandchildren, she can't continue to live in such a condition.
"The mold can cause them to get sick," Brown said.
Nacogdoches City Secretary Stacy Corley said the qualifications are pretty rigid.
"They must own their home within in the city limits, and the deed must be in the homeowners name before the application is submitted," Corley said.
The program works through a five year deferred grant, and only five eligible home owners will be chosen. Corley said the program concentrates on some of Nacogdoches' most at-risk citizens and allows them to have renewed pride in their home and community. Something Brown and her family are hoping they will have, if selected.