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Single parents achieve dreams of home ownership thanks to new CDC program

Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-06 16:12:21-04

TAMPA, Fla. -- Helga Torres and her son Yadiel aren’t just entering their new home, they’re entering a new life.

This mother and son are the first to receive a home through CDC's new Sound and Secure Housing Program.

“I feel very excited, it’s a dream come true for me. I’ve been praying for this miracle for a long time,” said Torres.

The program is designed to help hard working single parents in the disadvantaged University area.

“We were hearing from so many residents that home ownership wasn’t a possibility for them,” said Sarah Combs with the University Area CDC.

This lease to purchase program allows residents the opportunity to move into their dream house without going through a nightmare of hurdles. CDC will be providing a year of home ownership classes.

“We are allowing residents to have up to a year to be ready to own their own home whether it be working on credit, whether it be learning how to be a homeowner and making sure you keep your home maintenance, and what not,” said Combs.

Torres and her son hope they serve as an inspiration to other families in similar situations.

“The people need to believe in themselves and think that there are people out there that really want to help them to reach their goal,’’ said Torres.

For more information on the Sound and Secure Housing Program, you can click here.