by Sarah Snyder
ODESSA - For many basin families writing that rent check every month, just seems to get harder and harder.
The thought of owning a home seems almost impossible.
The City of Odessa partnered with Habitat for Humanity, a local credit union, and a construction company, to address the growing need for affordable housing.
"Today we get to turn the keys over to the new homeowners, it's a great feeling!" Merita Sandoval with Odessa Community Services, said.
"They've waited so long for this moment. Just look at their faces. It's heartwarming," Harvey Diaz, another new homeowner said.
And for Charlotte, a single mom of three, it's the start of a new life.
"I walked in through the garage, it leads right into the kitchen and it was just gorgeous. I just stood there and cried because of how nice it was, and I just want to thank the City of Odessa and everyone involved in this program," New Homeowner Charlotte Daly, said.
Charlotte works several jobs just to make ends meet and says she never thought owning a home would be possible.
"Now I've got this house and I don't have to worry about when the lease is up, where am I going to find another place to live that I can afford that fits in the budget. Now, everything's just fallen into place!" Charlotte said.
These 3 homes are the first to be constructed in the infill housing program, a city initiative offering affordable housing in the $80,000 price range.
"There is a lot of need out there," Sandoval said.
Not only will these homes help meet the need for affordable housing in Odessa, but they're energy efficient, saving the new homeowners big bucks each month.
The Diaz family moved to Odessa from Ojinaga, Mexico to raise a family.
"There's ten of us. It was hard raising ten kids especially coming from another country and for him to have a home like this is definitely the American dream," Diaz said.
A dream that three new neighbors can share.
"This is like a dream come true for me," Charlotte said.