"Sarah's story shows the real success of a program like Buy New Bedford where we can partner with the city, lenders like Bristol County Savings Bank, and non-profit organizations to help people like Sarah purchase a home for their families," said MassHousing Executive Director Tom Gleason. "A former vacant, blighted dwelling has been transformed into a new home for a young family who will become a vibrant new part of the neighborhood and the city overall."
When the elderly woman who last owned the home passed away with no will and no apparent heirs, the property soon fell into disrepair and became abandoned. It was reclaimed through the Massachusetts Attorney General's Receivership Program and the city's Office of Housing and Community Development.
The home was purchased and rehabbed by the non-profit The Resource, Inc., who also collected applications from first-time buyers who were entered into the lottery to buy the home.
Renovations included new roofing and siding, insulation, energy efficient windows, a new kitchen and two new bathrooms with energy efficient appliances and fixtures and a new energy efficient heating system.