St. Petersburg, Florida -- Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity's 300th home built right in the heart of the Midtown neighborhood is a sign of hope for the historic St. Petersburg community.
People living in Midtown have complained to city officials in years past about how they've felt abandoned, left out of the city's economic plans. But this new house is all part of an overall revitalization project taking place right now in Midtown.
Tamara Harrell grew up in the Midtown community, has even raised children here. But today will be the first time she can say she's a homeowner in the neighborhood she's always called home.
"It's a 3-bedroom and has a garage and a big back yard," says Harrell.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, Tamara's dreams are coming true.
Midtown residents hope this new house, built by Habitat for Humanity, can be the start of a new beginning. WTSP
"All my children went to school here," says neighbor Mildred Young.
Neighbors hope this beautiful home will paint a bigger picture for the whole community.
"I'm happy to see them come in," says Young.
Young says she knows Midtown has had its share of crime and poverty and hopes this new house can be a start of a new beginning.
"Everybody ought to be glad to see them," says Young.
Mayor Rick Kriseman agrees.
"It's a ripple effect. They see one house grow and they do the next. It's exciting," says Kriseman.
Recently Walmart opened their doors giving people here a market close to home and Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant has also put the area on the map.
"What's happening around 22nd Street is one of most encouraging things happening with community," says Kriseman.