The first pair of houses in Habitat for Humanity’s Hope Village in southeast Fresno were dedicated on Saturday.
The Yang and Xiong families were given their keys and an official “welcome home” after spending more than a year helping Habitat workers and volunteers build their homes in the small development at Church and Laval avenues, west of Chestnut Avenue.
“This group of families who will be living in Hope Village represent the American dream of homeownership coming true,” said Tony Miranda, Habitat’s executive director.
Mai Yang and her two children have a 1,150-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. The home is spacious compared to the two-bedroom apartment they shared with Yang’s cousin.
Neighbors Chue Xiong and Daisy Vang also squeezed in with relatives. The couple and their two children now have a 1,300-square-foot home with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Hope Village is a nine-home development supported by a $845,000 award from the city of Fresno Home Funds. It is located one mile away from Habitat’s Little Long Cheng subdivision, at Willow and Jenson avenues, that was completed in 2013.