NAPLES, Fla. - A pile of rubble replaces what was once a purple home on 12th Street North. But this mess won't be here for long.
"With my fingers crossed we'll put up walls before the end of the month," said Lisa Lefkow, with Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.
Habitat for Humanity is moving in to build a new home for one family. The organization has built more than 1600 homes in Collier County. But Lisa Lefkow said it was always difficult to move into the city.
"Historically that's been because of high cost of land in the city and the fact that there's very little available vacant land," said Lefkow.
That finally changed when the city discovered money that was saved back in 1994 when the Coastland Center Mall expanded. As part of that project, close to two hundred thousand dollars had been put aside for affordable housing for low income families.
"So we were able to use that funding to acquire this property and will use locally donated dollars to renovated and this case rebuild this house," said Lefkow.
One that a couple and their three children will soon call home.
"Three children, a 9 year old, a 7 year old, and a newborn just arrived on Friday."
The organization hopes to have the family moved in by Christmas.