Houston's Home Repair Program Returns

Houston's Home Repair program is back up and running after having been suspended by federal officials in 2003. City officials celebrated the fact by handing over the keys to Maria Campbell's rebuilt house, it also so happened to be Campbell's 89th birthday.

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Houston Council Member Carol Mims-Galloway led the song for 89-year-old Maria Campbell and gaver her a birthday present, the keys to her newly rebuilt house. It sits at the end of a dead-end street in the Acres Home Community. A horse grazes on a lot several yards away and rooster crows across the street as kids at the nearby elemetry school play during recess.

Campbell's house is the first to be redone under the city's newly revamped Home Repair program. The city plans to fix up or replace more than 200 homes. Housing and Community Developement Director Milton Wilson was given the task of working through the problems that caused federal funds to be frozen.

Milton says up to $30,000 can be used for repairs or up to $100,000 for a complete rebuild of a house. Mayor Bill White says it's about improving senior citizens' lives.

And the first receipient is Maria Campbell who has lived on the piece of property since 1955.

The number for information on the home repair program is 713-868-8400.

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Capella Tucker joined KUHF in the spring of 1994 as a part-time reporter. She quickly gained a full-time position when she took over production duties for

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