The Garza family considers themselves lucky.
They found the neighborhood housing and community development program, which, for the last five years, has partnered with non-profit groups to help families stay in East Austin.
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“We come into some homes that will get by with minor repairs, some that are in such severe distress that all the systems are failing and we have to offer them a different program that we have where we have to tear the home down and build them a new one on site,” said Coby Ramirez, construction manager with the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development program.
The organization said it helped 500 families last year. An audit showed the city can't give "an accurate count of the number of individuals or households assisted through (many of the affordable housing) programs."
“It's from $5,000 of service to $130,000 worth of service,” Ramirez said.
The important work hits home when you see what it means to those allowed to stay in theirs.
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For these families, it's more than a home they risk losing, it's the sense of community.
“It was a lot of work. A lot of people said it couldn't be done and my dad is so important to me,” said a tearful Angela. “They deserve not to be gentrified, not to be disrespected. They deserve to be respected.”
For all the good new development can bring, it can also strip an area of its identity. It's a delicate balance -- finding ways to give families with so much history hope and allowing them to stay home.
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