SAN ANTONIO – Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio, which has been helping families achieve the American dream of owning a home since 1976, closed on its last house of the year Wednesday.
Joy Moreno and her 1-year-old daughter, Stella, will move into the home this week.
"It means everything to me," Moreno said. "I'm excited. This is my first home, my first Christmas here, my first New Year's here, so I can't wait."
Habitat for Humanity marketing associate Bianca Peralta said the organization met its goal for building homes in 2017.
"Forty-seven homes was our goal for this year, so we're happy to have met our goal with this last closing," Peralta said Bianca. "We're really excited."
Peralta said the organization reached another milestone in 2017.
"We try to reach our capacity with how much we can build. We want to get more families in homes, especially before the holidays," she said. "But this year is very monumental, because we actually built our 1000th house in San Antonio in March. So that was a great milestone for Habitat for Humanity."
Peralta said when Habitat for Humanity was first established locally in 1976, it would take volunteers two years to build a home.
It now takes them an average of two months to construct one.
"Our first house still stands," Peralta said. "It's on Hidalgo Street. It's in the city's West Side. The family still lives there, so we definitely build homes to last."
For more information on volunteering, or to learn how to get into an affordable home with no interest, you can call Habitat for Humanity at 210-223-5203 or by clicking here.