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Wendi Lane – ABC Action News – Tampa

VALRICO, Fla. — A new home is more than Terri Hughes ever dreamed was possible.

“I’ve never had my own bathroom or bedroom in my life and I’m 67,” said Hughes.

But now she has both in a brand new two bedroom, two bath home in Valrico.

“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” said Hughes.

That’s because, for the last 30 years, she had been living in a dilapidated, termite-ridden home on the same property.

“My house started to collapse, and then Irma came, and my floor dropped two inches in the middle of the night, so yeah, it was scary,” said Hughes.

She said it was even scarier that she could not afford to live somewhere else, but then help came.