'Heroes' Commons' is planned village of mortgage-free homes for veterans
By Jackie Orozco, Reporter
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The Orlando City Council approved to give six of their vacant lots to a non-profit group called the Florida Real Estate Foundation. The vacant lots, which are on Jefferson and Polk streets, will be transformed into single-family homes for deserving veterans. They will be called "Heroes' Commons."
"Our goal is to build mortgage-free homes for wounded veterans and or first responders," said the foundation chairman Beverly Evans.
The foundation has been working with the city for 18 months to get the deeds transferred into their name. Monday afternoon it was a done deal.
"We've already reached out to donation of materials, time, and contractors too. It's just going to be a matter of pulling all of that together and getting this project up and running," said Evans.
These will be 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes and construction may start as early as October. Depending on how they're built, these homes may cost $100,000 to $150,000. The foundation wants to raise $1 million dollars so qualifying veterans won't have to pay a dime.
"We're going to start a very aggressive fundraising initiative around April 1, now that we're taking over this ownership," stated Evans.
Project organizers say this is their way to say thank you to all of our veterans.
Not every veteran may qualify to get a free home. They have to be honorably discharged, have a disability, and there are income restrictions.
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