EVANSVILLE, INDIANA- Families are moving into new homes today on evansville's south side. The Memorial Community Development Corporation handed over the keys to those homes - that are a part of plans to revive Glenwood. Eyewitness News' Fadia Patterson was there for the dedication.
New homeowner, Kelly Butler says, "I want to say thank you to God cause he brought me here today he brought me this far".
Butler could not hold back tears as she thanked her supporters who were witnessing her longtime dream being realized.
"I started several months ago by cleaning up my credit and going to Serita Cabell and Memorial Community Development Corporation and speaking to her about being a homeowner; what it would take and how important it was to me and what I needed to do", she added.
Butler's home on Sweeter Avenue is one of 12 affordable housing units in the Glenwood Area. The homes were built to revitilize the community and equity for homeowners in the neighborhood. The MCDC say the project is ever expanding with a 10 story apartment complex in the works.
Along with Reverend Adrian Brooks, some local and state officials were also in attendance for the dedication.
Evansville Mayor Winnecke says, "This is an example of The city of Evansville partnering with the neighborhood association that is committed to really revitalizing this neighborhood and then partnering with the federal government, leveraging federal government money and local resources to make projects like this happen".
Officials say money from the sale of these homes will go toward building opportunities for others to own their own home. Reverend J.V. Terry of Zion Missionary Baptist Church says this is a blessing for the community.
"It was hot but it made it cool to see new homeowners; the joy in their heart just gave off breezes" he said.
The single story homes have all the fixings of a modern energy efficient home and Butler says she can't wait to move in.
"I'm very excited, very blessed and very thankful", she added.
The MDCD say these homes are income restricted and all new homeowners have to attend financial counseling. The new homeowners must also use the home as their primary address.