Twelve new homes in just two years - the city of Tyler has been busy cleaning up its neighborhoods, one house at a time.
This afternoon, a Tyler woman's dream came true we she received the keys to her brand new home. But as KLTV 7's Molly Reuter explains, she's not the only one benefiting.
It's a day new homeowner Debra Page will never forget.
"It kind of hard to describe in words...just thrilling, exciting."
Page left her old, run-down home of 30 years seven months ago.
This afternoon she returned to 315 East Barrett, to a brand new home.
"First thing I'm going to do? Probably sit down in the middle of my floor and take a picture of myself and sent it to my aunt," Page laughed to us today.
Page is just one of eight families this year who will receive a new home through Tyler's reconstruction program.
Using federal funds provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the city of Tyler is able to clean up its neighborhoods, benefiting the city as a whole.
"The city benefits from this program along with the homeowners. We see an increase in our tax rate, the property value around these homes increases, we come in and help supplement the house with curb and gutter...so it's just a win-win situation for everyone," said Branda Johnson, of the Tyler Housing Department.
Page says the program helped her reach that American dream.
"[It's a] dream come true, a dream I had not expected, but a dream come true."
Page also says she can't wait to share her home with her four grandchildren.
The rehabilitation and reconstruction assistance program is available for low-income homeowners who live in target areas.