Woman wants to help moms with housing

February 8, 2008 6:07:21 AM PST
A mother is on a mission to help other women in need. One Houston woman is organizing a place where single mothers can afford to live.

The homes will be built in northwest Harris County along Huffmeister and FM 529.

The area will be a place to live with daycare and afterschool care for children. On site security will keep track of who is let in. It's a unique subdivision built by a woman who knows firsthand what it's like to be a single mom.

The work is just beginning and there's a lot of it to do, especially since Sandra Nabil has little experience in construction.

"I never thought I would be a part of this and a female in construction so [laughs] let's see if this happens," she said.

Nabil is turning a three and a half acre plot of land into a small subdivision. Twenty-eight homes will line both sides of a single street. The homes will be just over 2,000 square feet in size with three bedrooms, two baths and a garage.

"Sanourco is an idea I developed a year and a half ago with a dream of building homes for single parents," Nabil said.

The dream is for single parents who make too much money to qualify for government subsidy, but too little money to provide proper daycare. A dilemma Nabil experienced firsthand.

"I was a single mom for many years and I was in that catch 22," she told us. "I always felt that if I ever got to the point that I could reach out and help that's why I want to do it."

Nabil says people living here can expect some tough restrictions. Parents will have to have a job, and there will be an age limit on children. Nabil is using federal grant money to help provide daycare and afterschool care. Area shelters and charities will offer referrals to live here. Sanourco is unique but could be the start of other similar communities.

"There's a lot of housing in Houston," she said. "I this works out, I'll gobble up some developments out there and help women get a start on life."

The ground is being cleared now. Expect the homes to start going up in three to four months.

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