PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The 2300 block of Oxford Street used to be the site of a housing project until it was demolished a few years ago. Now, Habitat for Humanity is part of an effort to transform the area.
NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Habitat for humanity is at the forefront of a major project, that will bring 20 new affordable homes to one Philadelphia community.
Saturday’s unveiling was the final home on the 21-unit, $3.7 million project.
by Andrew Seidman, Philadelphia Inquirer
Moments before Niela Collins was presented the keys to her new house, the reality began to set in. “This is a dream come true,” she said Saturday. “I am a homeowner.”
Justin Udo, KYW Newsradio
For the last 45 years, Sylvia Genoy has lived in her home in Northeast Philadelphia. During that time, she and her husband were able to keep it in tip-top shape.
“Over the years, he was a very handy man and he knew what to do, and me too. I always took pleasure in fixing and doing,” she said.
But after her husband passed away a few years ago and her physical health took an unfortunate turn, she has not been able to keep up with maintenance and repairs as she would like.
Hard at work on a Sunday morning, and not for their own benefit, but someone else’s. Someone they’ve never met, named Sharon Sibley, of Northeast Philadelphia.
by Sally Downey, for the Inquirer
After moving into her new townhouse in North Philadelphia earlier this summer, Latasha Raynor hung a “Bless Our Home” poster on the wall. She and her four children were finally home.
by Lini Kadaba, for the Inquirer
She prayed for something better for her two children — Jade, 3, and Cameren, 9 — than the too tight, rundown apartment in West Philadelphia of the last four years, where she says mold has taken over the closets and aggravates her son’s asthma, the roof leaks, and cockroaches run roughshod every winter.
CBS Local reports her home was dedicated as the organizations 194th house.