April 21, 2017 – Real Estate Elevated is proud to finish work on three houses after partnering with Houston Habitat for Humanity. A gift of $150,000 was donated to repair the homes and has helped change the lives of three Houston families, while more families are currently being chosen for updates and repairs.
Through shelter, Habitat for Humanity empowers people to build a better future for themselves and their families by completing financial and home maintenance training, building homes alongside volunteers, and by purchasing an affordable mortgage. Homeowners then achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better futures.
The three homes, some severely damaged by the floods and hurricanes that have recently battered the Houston area, were in desperate need of repairs by owners who could not bear the financial or physical burden of the maintenance and improvements necessary. “A home serves such a special place in the hearts of its residents,” said Christina El Moussa, Real Estate Elevated program co-founder. “Helping to rebuild such a vital part of someone’s livelihood is both a rewarding and special experience.”ok
Melba Routt, Laura Ward Holliday, and Louis Garcia, the homeowners whose homes were renovated through the partnership, were eternally grateful to the assistance and help from Real Estate Elevated. “We love hosting events in the Houston area, in part because of the positive reception we always receive from its residents,” said Tarek El Moussa, Real Estate Elevated program co-founder. “We are thankful that Houston Habitat gave us the opportunity to give back to the community that has been so good to us.”
706 E. 40½ Street
Melba Routt is an 86 year-old homeowner who has watched five generations live under the roof of her house. After being impacted by the May 2015 and October 2015 floods, her home suffered considerable damage. It was in need of a new roof, updated drywall to repair the walls and ceiling, updated electrical fixtures, fresh paint, new floors, and a fence replacement. “Real Estate Elevated’s help means that I will have a wonderful and safe home to enjoy. It means I can smile again in my home. Their help means people do care about others, perfect strangers, no matter their color or income. Their help means everything to me. I am extremely grateful and thankful,” said Ms. Routt.
803 E. 38th Street
Laura Ward Holliday, a mother of three and grandmother of one, was in dire need of home repairs to alleviate stress after her home was impacted by hurricanes and floods. The home needed foundational repairs, including a floor replacement, fresh paint, a new fence, and a condenser replacement. Additionally, the original beauty shop owned and operated by Holliday’s mother was still on the property and was also in need of a fresh coat of paint and repairs. “The repairs are a relief,” said Ms. Holliday. “A burden has been lifted and I am very appreciative for Real Estate Elevated’s help.”
Louis Garcia has worked in the oil and gas industry since he was 16 years old. Now, 72, Mr. Garcia has experienced a long bout of health problems that have left him unable to keep up with the maintenance on his home. He and his wife Karin were desperately in need of a new roof, which was provided to them through Real Estate Elevated’s partnership with Houston Habitat. Mr. Garcia fondly remembers the days when neighbors used to comment that his house was the best maintained in the neighborhood. Thanks to Houston Habitat, he is now looking forward to being back on his feet and self-sufficient again.