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Residents Celebrate New Home

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- It took half a century to get to this special moment.

"We believe this is the first new home construction in Wellington Heights in more than fifty years," says Joe Lock with the Affordable Housing Network.

At Tuesday's groundbreaking, hosted by Four Oaks, the word new was a major theme.

For Josh and Alyssa Hulme, parents to a new baby and owners of the soon to be new 3 bedroom home, it's all about a new beginning.

"We're excited to actually build the house, but also what it symbolizes for us and our family," says Alyssa Hulme.

A month ago they were just signing the papers, and now shovels are in the ground. The couple says they wouldn't be here without the community standing behind them the entire way.

"We couldn't have done it on our own," says Josh Hulme. "That is just part of what this neighborhood stands for, people helping people to achieve dreams."

Today was a new start for them, but also continuation of a new era in Wellington Heights. In 23 months, Four Oaks has worked to acquire 81 properties and vacant lots, they've rehabbed 55 homes, and at least 5 new homes are on the way in the next few months,

In addition to all that, Four Oaks says it has raised 90% of its $6 million dollar fundraising goal in just 11 months.

That's only the beginning.

"We will plan to build two more single family homes next summer," Lock said.

It's all part of the plan for what some here are calling new Wellington.

"You'll be hearing that a lot now, it's just a sign of the revitalization going on," says Justin Wasson, president of Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association.

Despite recent outbreaks in crime, leaders say the community is heading in the right direction. They say crime is on the way down, quality of life is on its way up, and moments like this will soon become the new normal in New Wellington.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS 2/Fox 28) -- Residents in the Wellington Heights area of Cedar Rapids are celebrating a milestone.

The Total Child Project broke ground on the first new home in decades in the neighborhood, and organizers say that it's only the beginning.

Organizers say there will be at least five more homes built in the neighborhood soon.

The Total Child Project provides support and stable housing for families in need.

They have acquired 82 properties in 23 months.  They have also rehabbed 55 homes.

Organizers say the homes that will be built will be affordable to the families who move in.
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