Tulsans Become Homeowners Thanks To Donation

Sunday, September 30th 2012, 9:23 pm
By: News On 6

Three Tulsa families are seeing their dreams come true.

Several city agencies are partnering with Wells Fargo to give away remodeled homes in North Tulsa.

It's not every day you get a home from the city.

"It's almost an overwhelming feeling to know that something I've prayed for has come to fruition," first-time homeowner LaKesha said.

A house in north Tulsa will soon belong to LaKesha.

The outside is complete with fresh paint.

The inside is just waiting on a few upgrades.

"I made sure my kids always had a roof over their head, but just to think about owning your own home -- your own backyard, your own front yard, a place where the kids can grow up -- to know that this is coming and it's almost ready is very exciting," LaKesha said.

Earlier this year, Wells Fargo foreclosed on a number of homes around Tulsa.

The bank donated three of those to the city to help rehab neighborhoods.

"There's nothing more self-satisfying to a person in our community than to have ownership of his or her own home to raise a family in," Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said.

And that's exactly what Gregory Williams plans to do.

He has four young kids.

Crews haven't started working on his home yet.. but he's excited for what's still to come.

"I work every day and we were in the process of working everything out so that we could be in a position to buy a home, but everything was answered in one meeting," Williams said. "We got all our prayers answered."

The city said these families were hand-picked because of their involvement in other housing programs.

"Everything just started falling into place, which is just amazing and kind of like an out-of-body experience," LaKesha said. "For awhile, I was just like 'really, is this really going to be my house?'"

Each recipient gets a $35,000 grant to help pay for renovations like new siding, refurbished floors and new appliances.

LaKesha hopes to move in her new home within a few weeks, and the Williams family has plans to move around Thanksgiving.

If you're interested in finding out more about this program, click here.