Meritage Homes Corp. has teamed up with Operation Homefront, a national charity supporting families of service members and Wounded Warriors, to place two military families into brand new, mortgage-free, and energy efficient Meritage homes.
This is the fourth year Meritage Homes has built and donated new homes to Operation Homefront and its "Homes on the Homefront" program. Last year, two homes were donated in Meritage communities in Tucson, Arizona and Harrisburg, North Carolina. This year, Meritage will donate two new homes in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas.
Operation Homefront will announce the recipients of the new homes on September 9, with keys to be awarded on Veterans Day.
"We are grateful to our military veterans for their service and sacrifices, and we salute organizations like Operation Homefront whose mission it is to help them when they return home," said Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes said in a press release. "It's an honor and a privilege to help enrich the lives of deserving military families, relieve their stress, and give them a safe place to call home."
The "Homes on the Homefront" program began in 2012. Last year, Marine Sgt. Patrick Martinez was selected to receive a four-bedroom home in Tuscon, Az., for his family of five and Army Sgt. Stuart Colon, his wife, and their nine-year-old daughter received a new home in Harrisburg, North Carolina.
"For the first time we are finally able to look toward the future instead of living day by day," said Kimberly Colon, wife of Sgt. Colon. "Our current goals are to pay off our credit cards and save for our daughter's college education. We expect to be living in this home for years to come and look forward to being able to leave it to our kids someday."
Since inception, Operation Homefront has placed more than 550 veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes. Meritage is the only home builder to join the program, according to the release from the company..
"Home ownership has been, and continues to be, a dream for many Americans. Thanks to Meritage Homes's fourth year of exceptional support, we will make that dream a reality this Veterans Day," said retired Brig. Gen. John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. "Our military families do so much for all of us and we are thrilled that Meritage has joined with us to help build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect."