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Owner of reconstructed home receives his new keys

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TYLER (KYTX)- Tuesday, April 29, is a very special day for Zelton Harvey.

He is celebrating moving into his newly reconstructed home at 1512 W. Nutbush Street.

During a ceremony at 1 p.m., City officials will present Harvey with the keys to his newly renovated home.

“We are very proud and excited to hand Mr. Harvey the keys to his new home and tell him welcome home,” Councilman Ed Moore said. “We are so pleased to have the City of Tyler’s Reconstruction Program in this area. This program will enable Mr. Harvey to enjoy a house that was built to meet his housing needs.”

Due to the poor structural condition and the extensive repair needs, Mr. Harvey’s house was determined by the City’s Neighborhood Services Department as not feasible for rehabilitation, but was instead eligible for replacement.

The home was demolished and then reconstructed under the City of Tyler’s Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Assistance Program with federal funds provided through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

“I am so excited about moving into my new home. I am looking forward to living in a house that is built to accommodate my disability,” Harvey stated. “I will be able to use my wheelchair with more ease and I am really excited about my ADA designed bathroom. I really appreciate all of the work that the City employees are doing in North Tyler and I know that my neighbors do also. I am very pleased.”

Harvey’s home is the second of eight homes that the City will be reconstructing this year.

“The Reconstruction Program is an essential part of the City’s overall approach to revitalizing neighborhoods,” said Brenda Johnson, manager of the City’s Neighborhood Services Department. “It not only directly helps the family that owns the new home, but it improves the surrounding neighborhood by removing a substandard structure and replacing it. We expect that the City’s efforts to improve these neighborhoods will result in new and additional private investment and construction in these areas.”

Rehabilitation or Reconstruction Assistance is available for low-income homeowners who have annual incomes that meet certain income limits. To be eligible, a citizen must also own or be purchasing their home, live in a “target area” that is designated annually by the City Council, be current on their property taxes, and have homeowner’s insurance.

The funds provide assistance to bring existing substandard residential properties into compliance with current local housing and building codes. If the house is determined to be beyond repair, then the existing home is demolished and replaced with a newly constructed home that provides safety, comfort, and security, while being modest and attractive in appearance.

Urgent Repair Assistance may be provided to homeowners residing in structures judged by City staff to be detrimental to the health and safety of the homeowner/occupant and requiring immediate attention. The sole intent of the fund is to eliminate hazardous situations. Urgent Repair Assistance is available citywide to eligible low-income homeowners.

Funds may also be used to conduct improvements designed to remove architectural barriers that restrict the mobility and accessibility of elderly or disabled persons in owner-occupied dwellings. The intent of these funds is to provide essential home modifications that increase accessibility, safety and security as needed to maintain independence.

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