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La Clinica helps family buy homes

PASCO, Wash. - A housing project organized by La Clinica, a Pasco medical clinic, is helping provide 11 families with new homes.  

La Clinica has been running the program since 1993 and almost 200 families have received homes through the program.

For weeks family members have come by and help build the new homes.  Each family member contributes hours of labor.    

19-year-old Mariela Coria, her two brothers and parents will soon move into a yellow house on East George Street in Pasco.  They currently live in a mobile home.  Mariela said she is so excited to move to a bigger town and home.

Her mother, Olivia Coria said owning her own home is something she has always dreamed about.  She said, "to be with my husband when we are old and be in our own home it is just great."

La Clinica Housing Program Manager, Kim Saba has been working very closely with the families.  Years ago she was homeless with four small children and worked her way out of poverty. 

Saba said, "I got out of poverty and I made it, so I can relate to these families because I know what it feels like to have a place that is yours....  it's the American dream always has been always will be."

La Clinica started the self help housing project after doctors realized many of their patients were repeatedly becoming ill.  Doctors investigated the situation and connected their sickness with their poor living conditions.  They started the program and it has been running ever since.