TEXARKANA, AR (KSLA) - Habitat for Humanity of Texarkana has served the area for over 30 years, except there's a catch — crews have only built houses on the Texas side of the city.
"In a short few three months I will have a home on this lot," said Courtney Blair.
However, her home will be special — Blair will become the first Habitat homeowner in Texarkana Arkansas. Habitat for Humanity of Texarkana averages one new house build every 18 months. The goal is to build two houses in 2019 and three in 2020.
"It is happening sooner than I thought," Blair said. "Which I am a-ok with but I am glad that it is happening now."
This morning Texarkana Arkansas city officials and representatives of Habitat for Humanities gathered to officially kick off construction on the property in the 1200 block of Arkansas Street.
The city donated the land and when totally developed will have two homes built on the site. Habitat leaders say this project will benefit not only Blair but the entire community.
"What happens when a habitat home is built is you will see revitalization in the neighborhood," Mary Wormington, Habitat for Humanities of Texarkana. "People will become a little bit prouder as to where they live and will try to get it up to speed and the property values go up."
Mary Wormington is executive director for Habitat for Humanities in Texarkana and said Courtney is not receiving a free home but will be required to provide sweat equity during the construction of the house.
"I actually get to put those nails in those boards and paint the walls and it is just exciting to me," Blair said.
Over the past 30 years, the Texarkana organization has spent over one half million dollars in the construction of new homes and remodeling existing homes.