TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Since 2005, the City of Tyler's Neighborhood Services has assisted approximately 35 homes through the reconstruction program.
The program helps eligible low-income homeowners bring their properties up to code by demolishing the home and building a new one.
A new house brings new memories and new adventures and for 87-year-old Annie Brown, her new home gives her a new start.
"I just wish my dad was here to see it, but you know God knows best, [my dad] would have been happy," Brown's daughter Sherry Brown said.
Brown has lived on this property with her family for over 30 years, but not at her current home.
Her new house is part of the reconstruction program.
"The reconstruction program is where we assist in the removal of code violations through rehabilitation efforts for the safe and sound structure of the city," Director of Neighborhood Services Raynesha Hudnell said. "Sometimes we have units where we go in we do repairs but the cost to do the repairs exceed the budget, and so then they are placed on the reconstruction list."
Reconstruction assistance is available for low-income homeowners who have annual incomes that meet certain income limits.
"Sometimes we have homeowners who cannot afford a new home or bring the house up to code, so when we go in and provide federal dollars and assist them with a new home, it's a financial relief for them," she said.
Today the Browns celebrated their new home with a ribbon cutting ceremony, leaving the family feeling grateful and blessed.
The reconstruction program is federally funded by the Home Investment Partnership Program. The City of Tyler anticipates providing reconstruction assistance to approximately 10-15 households within the next five years.