Home Sweet Home
By Office of Communication
Posted on November 05, 2009, November 05, 2009

A three-bedroom home that sat vacant for nearly six months in a south Arlington neighborhood is now owned and occupied by a family of four thanks to federal stimulus money authorized by Congress and administered by the City.

The Nguyen family is the first in Arlington to purchase a home through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is aimed at stabilizing U.S. neighborhoods in target areas where foreclosure rates are highest.

To date, Arlington has received $2 million to be used to acquire and rehabilitate foreclosed or abandoned homes.

Mayor Robert Cluck joined the family in their driveway for a ribbon cutting ceremony today. They were joined by realtors, new neighbors and representatives from the Arlington Housing Authority and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Following presentations of flowers and gifts to supporters, City Council member Sheri Capehart proudly welcomed the Nguyen family to District 2. Through an interpreter, the family thanked all for helping to make their dream of homeownership come true.

Through the NSP program, Community Services Assistant Director David Zappasodi said seven more Arlington families will soon close on their new home. About 14 additional families are in the application process.

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