Homes awarded in California, Florida and Texas
Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation joined together during Veteran's Day week to host a series of coast-to-coast surprise home giveaways. Three military families were selected to receive newly-built, beautiful mortgage-free homes and each got their first look at their new homes in special ceremonies in each community.
The homes are located in Winter Springs, Florida; Lincoln, California; and Houston, Texas.
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. “Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes are giving my children a stable home that I never had as a child,” said Joseph. “It’s an amazing feeling. I am looking forward to holidays that my children will remember 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. “It means a fresh start,” said Brandi. “We have been through a lot. This will finally provide my family a stable home.”
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. “We are in shock and in awe,” continued Tiana. “I haven’t seen Keith smile so much in the past four years. It’s great to see him smile.”
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 newly-built homes provided by Meritage Homes through Operation Homefront's Homes on the Homefront program.