Meritage Homes to Donate Brand New Homes to Operation Homefront in 2016
Meritage Homes Corporation, a leading U.S. homebuilder, has again renewed its partnership with Operation Homefront, a leading national charity supporting families of service members and Wounded Warriors. Together the companies will place two military families into brand new, mortgage-free and energy efficient Meritage homes through the “Homes on the Homefront” program. This is the fourth year Meritage Homes has built and donated new homes to Operation Homefront. Last year, two homes were donated in Meritage communities in Tucson, Arizona and Harrisburg, North Carolina.
This year, Meritage is donating two new homes in Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas.
Operation Homefront will select the recipients, among a group of hundreds who applied, for the new homes and announce their names 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. “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.”
Army Sgt. Stuart Colon, his wife, and their nine-year-old daughter received a new home last year 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.”
In Tucson, Arizona, Marine Sgt. Patrick Martinez, was selected to receive a four-bedroom home for his family of five. “The new home has helped us get our finances in order and put money into savings to focus on our positive financial future,” said Silva Martinez, wife of Sgt. Martinez. “We want to thank everyone again for this amazing opportunity and everything that it means to our family.”
The “Homes on the Homefront” program began in 2012. Since inception, Operation Homefront has placed more than 550 veterans and their families in mortgage-free homes. Meritage is the only homebuilder to join the program.
“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.”
For more information about the program, please visit www.homesonthehomefront.net.