Category Archives: Homes in Progress

HRA: Homeowner Rehabilitation Assistance

HRA is a grant offered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA); utilized by Smith County Habitat for extensive renovations or to tear down an existing home and build a new home on the same site.

For over 50 years, James and Opal Bedingfield lived in their home on Mary Ann Street in Tyler. As time passed, the house began to deteriorate but so did James’ health. Faced with cancer treatment and medical bills, the couple could not maintain their home. Unable to afford the needed repairs, the Bedingfields called Habitat for help.

The Bedingfields qualified for assistance from Habitat’s critical repair program. Because the cost to repair the home exceeded $30,000, Smith County Habitat utilized a HRA grant from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to tear down the existing structure and build a new home on the same site.

James’ health continued to decline but he knew that Opal would soon have a safe, decent place to live after he was gone. Sadly, he passed away before the home was completed. With tears of joy and sadness, Opal received the keys to their new 1000 square foot, 2-bedroom, 2-bath home on February 13. As part of the grant agreement, she will live in her new home for at least 10 years.

Currently, Habitat has two more HRA projects under construction and a fourth project recently received approval from the TDHCA.

Thanks BScene Magazine!

Recently, Sara Brazzil from BScene Magazine volunteered at one of our home build sites.  We appreciate our volunteers so much! Without volunteers, we just could not build homes. After her day with Smith County Habitat, Sara blogged about her experience. You can check it out here!


Wall Raising

Your Smith County Habitat has raised the walls of the 100th home.  Yesterday we had a great group of citizens, community leaders and volunteers to kick off the 100 hours of building.  Check back here, on Facebook or Twitter for updates!

Follow this link for an excellent news story that was in local media:

100th Home is Underway!

The 100th Habitat for Humanity of Smith County home is underway! The site is being prepped, and the pad poured this week.  The sponsorships are going wonderfully, thanks to our generous donors and community.

You can find out more about the campaign here:

Here are recent photos of the site:

IMG-20131002-01295 site of 100th build

Ahead of Schedule!

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County is proud to report that the 98th home build is not ONE but TWO weeks ahead of schedule.  This is an incredible accomplishment that would not have been possible without dedicated volunteers. Each and every one of you are appreciated greatly!


The 98th home this past week.


The 98th home, less than one month ago.