No greater sense of accomplishment can surpass experiencing firsthand a disabled veteran finding a place that they can call home. It makes what we strive to do, each and every day for those we serve, worth doing.
Mr. Darrell Lowery, a disabled U.S. Navy veteran with over four years of military service and who served during the Gulf War, finally found his home in Lawrenceville, Georgia. This was made possible thanks to Mr. Lowery and his mother Alma’s perseverance, HUD’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3) and FHA, Southeast Mortgage of Georgia and the efforts of our partners; State of Georgia, Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.
I was honored to participate in an event, recognizing Mr. Lowery for not giving up on the dream of owning his own home. I witnessed what can be accomplished when determined people partner with leaders who genuinely want to help and have the means to do so. NSP3 funded Mr. Lowery’s down payment as a first time homebuyer, and provided the county funding to purchase and renovate the home, while FHA insured the mortgage to make his dream of homeownership a reality.
We were all moved hearing Mr. Lowery humbly express how grateful he was to have a home, new neighbors and a new start on life. The tour of the house concluded the day’s event and highlighted not only the renovation work that was done but also the love of his mom in decorating the interior of the house and making it feel like a home for her only son.
It was indeed a very good day. A day where we partnered to help a disabled veteran finally find a place he could call his own.
Ed Jennings is the Regional Administrator for HUD’s Southeast region – serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.