Homes to be awarded in California, Florida and Texas
Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation have selected three military families to receive newly-built mortgage-free homes. The homes are located in Winter Springs, Florida; Lincoln, California; and Houston, Texas. Each one of the homes will be unveiled to the families in November during the week leading up to Veterans Day.
Meet the families!
The Morgan Family: Born in Killeen, Texas, and raised in Northern California, Marine Sergeant Joseph Morgan, his wife Cortney, and their four children will be moving into the first home that they will own as a family. The 1,972 square foot home in Lincoln, California will provide the family of six a place to grow and live for years to come.
The Barnes Family: Army Specialist Brandi Barnes was selected to receive a 1,882 square foot home in Houston, Texas. The three bedroom ranch-style home will provide Brandi and her three children an opportunity for a fresh start. She is attending cosmetology school full-time at Paul Mitchell and looks forward to starting her own business. Her children will now have a chance to play outside in a safe environment and have a place to call their own.
The Hale Family: In Orlando, Florida, Army National Guard Sergeant Keith Hale, his wife Tianna, and his three children were selected to receive a 2,000 square foot home. The home with ADA compliant features will allow Keith to use his wheelchair inside the house. This house will also provide both Keith and Tianna a more normal life keeping their children busy with school activities.
"I can't thank Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes enough," said Marine Sergeant Joseph Morgan. "It's an amazing feeling that my children are given a stable home that I never had as a child. I am looking forward to the holidays that my children will remember for years to come."
Each one of the veterans was selected based on a number of qualifications including, but not limited to, family needs and ties to the community. These homes are the second set of three homes that are newly-built provided through Operation Homefront's Homes on the Homefront program.