Harlingen family tapped by federal program to receive new home
Two families in Harlingen received new homes thanks to a federal program.
It was an unforgettable moment for the Segoviano family as they got their first look at their newly reconstructed home on Monday.
"It was a great feeling, having the house back," Gilbert Segoviano said.
The Segoviano home now sits on a lot where they used to live.
"And we're finally getting it back, and it's better than how it used to," Gilbert said.
The family was selected by the Community Development Division of Harlingen to have their home reconstructed. The family had been living in their original home for 18 years, and they say it was in desperate need of repairs.
The family spent around $5,000 to improve the floor, then Hurricane Hanna hit and damaged the work that was done.
The repair list grew longer.
"I would struggle for the water to go down and all of that, and today I went in, and I got emotional because it looks different than what I had," Idolina Segoviano said.
Every year, more than 150 families in Harlingen apply for the program, hoping their home will be reconstructed or repaired.
Only two to three families are selected each year, depending on the federal funding that is available.
"It's a life-changing moment for them, so I'm excited to be able to share," Harlingen Mayor Norma Sepulveda said. "This is what giving back looks like."
Construction on the Segoviano's new home started in October 2022. The family went from a three bedroom home to a four bedroom home. Their kitchen was also upgraded.
"Really beautiful, and it's different than what we had, but everything is good," Mauro Segoviano said.
Now, after five months of living with relatives, the family is ready to make new memories in their new home.
"I'm happy, and when the rest of the family goes inside, everyone can go inside their own room. I'm just very thankful," Idolina said.