The Alice Housing Authority hosted an open house Friday, Feb. 21 for the community to view the newly remodeled city owned U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) home being rented next month.

The home is one of five HUD developments in the area that the city owns and rents to families in lower income circumstances. The newer remodeled homes are provided to Housing Authority renters that have a proven history of paying rent on time and maintaining the rental property.

The home was recently gutted. The home received a complete face-lift remodel designed by Alice Housing Authority Executive Director Irma Cuellar with grant funds. The open house was staged with brand new furniture provided by Edwards Furniture Company.

The elected family chose not to be shown in pictures due their struggle and safety as survivors of an extreme case of domestic violence. The family wanted to thank the Jim Wells County District Attorney, Executive Director Irma Cuellar from the Housing Authority and the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department for all their help during the past year.

The family stated they never expected something so horrible could happen in their own home and the help they have received from the community through their journey has been a saving grace.