A dream comes true for two Newburgh families. They are now homeowners, thanks to Habitat for Humanity. Our Elaina Athans was there for the joyous moment.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- 12-year-old's dream finally comes true. She now has a closet big enough to stuff with shoes, cloths and handbags.
“I get my own room finally," said Deenaysia Wright.
Wright' family is one of two that received a new Habitat for Humanity home Sunday. Dozens of well-wishers came out for the monumental event.
"It’s my first time living in house," said Darryl Wright.
Habitat for Humanity offers affordable housing to local hard-working families.
The conditions that they’ve been living in they have to make hard choices about what to do with their money and now they’re going to be in a stable environment," said Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh Director Cathy Collins.
Each of these families put in more than 250 hours worth of what's called sweat equity in order to get keys to these homes. That basically means they had to help on construction projects for other Habitat for Humanity homes in order to get their own.
"We have lived everywhere in apartments and we’re excited to have our own house," said Gloria Arriaga.
The homes are located on Benkard Avenue. it's an area the organization is currently cluster building to improve the neighborhood. The non-profit says doing this, from past experience, will bring change.
"People then begin to start fixing up their own homes around us. It’s an inspiration to them," said Collins.
But for Deenaysia Wright, the only change she's looking forward to is not having to share a bedroom with her little brother.
"I get my own space and i get to hang up stuff," said Wright.