Army vet receives home on Veteran's Day

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- He finally has somewhere he can call home.

An army veteran living in Hampton has much to celebrate on this Veterans Day.

Gary Hope and his daughter are getting the keys to a brand new home.

It's all part of Habitat for Humanity's first 'Habitat for Heroes project'.

“Overwhelming gratefulness that has come on me,” Hope says.

Gary Hope served in the army for about four years.

Moving to Hampton 13 years ago, he's never had a home he could call his own.

Last October he went to a job fair searching for work. That's when he came across Habitat for Humanity.

“I said I'll sign up and from there, history,” Hope says.

Through Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat for Heroes project, Hope put in hundreds of hours into helping build his new home.

“I just want to look at my room and see how beautiful it is,” Diamonique Hope says.

Although this is a day where people are congratulating and thanking Hope for his service, Hope says on this day, it's all about his daughter.

“It's paving the way for my daughter’s future,” Hope says. “This is really for her.”

Gary and Diamonique hope to move in by Thanksgiving.

The home is sold at no profit with zero-interest, 20 to 30-year mortgage carried by Habitat. Monthly mortgage payments are then recycled to build more Habitat homes.


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