From the Housing and Community Development Department Facebook page:
Residents are singing the praises about Round 2 of HCDD’s Disaster Recovery Program. The program is the first of its kind, allowing residents to participate in the design of their homes and customize certain features to reflect their needs. This innovative approach to disaster recovery is the result of collaboration between HCDD and bcWorkshop through the support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Texas General Land Office.
“When Hurricane Ike hit, the yellow house suffered more damage than our tight budget could bear," said Olivia Garcia on behalf of her mother, Justina Garcia. "That is when the city-administered program stepped in. Jackie Adj-Omania (Intake Counselor) worked with my mother and brother filling out a mountain of paperwork. Fred (HCDD Inspector) made sure the subcontractors remained on task. The Garcia family cannot thank the City of Houston enough for the blessing of a stress-free, energy efficient environment in which to make many more happy memories.”
New homeowner Rosie N. said of her new three-bedroom home, “I love my home. I am really enjoying it. This is a blessing.”
Rosie’s new residence is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible and features zero-step entry, grab bars and wider doorways, which will allow her to freely enjoy her home without physical restrictions. Rosie was overwhelmed with gratitude, repeating thanks for home builder DSW Homes and HCDD, and particularly HCDD inspector Marion Scott and DSW Homes General Contractor Todd Cuell.