UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
HUD is offering $19.6 million in grants to clean up houses with health and safety hazards. The federal office is going to grant 33- communities with the money, but Waco is looking to address the problem now.
Waco's Habitat for Humanity has already solved 129 of the problem houses. Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, John Alexander, says the conditions of homes he moves people out have problems with mold, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.
"One of our families, the doctor had said that the little boy would never get well as long as he lived in the house they were living in because his respiratory problems were so bad." Alexander explains, "The mold and poor conditions of the house would just make those problems worse."
Habitat builds eight houses a year in Waco. They are always looking for more people who need housing.
For one Waco resident who is ready to move in to her house today, the road to this point was tough, but now it couldn't be better. Robin Glasco said, "It's been a tough year for me. I lost my husband in the summer, and it's just a fresh start. It is just a time for me to look at my life and see what direction I want to go, and I am really grateful for Habitat for giving me that opportunity."
More than six million families live in homes with severe physical problems. To see if you qualify or to learn more about Habitat for Humanity, click here.