WACO (April 23, 2013)--A West veteran and his family will receive a temporary home in Waco until they get their feet on the ground.
Premier, Realtors partnered with the VA this week to provide temporary housing for the Burgess couple who have a daughter and two grown sons.
The couple, Scott and Mary Burgess, were both injured when their house was destroyed Wednesday night in a fertilizer plant explosion that left 15 dead and about 200 injured.
The couple was released from the hospital two days later and will move into their new, temporary, 2,400-square-foot home Tuesday.
The home is in the D.R. Horton subdivision off of Babgy Avenue near Hillcrest Hospital.
The $100 monthly rent charged by the VA will be underwritten for the next six months while they look for a permanent home. A sponsor is expected to assist with the utilities during this time.
“When tragedy hits this close to home, especially those on our own team, we are affected. We have a burden in our office to help the community of West and by helping the Burgesses, we feel we are helping to provide some healing,” Broker Kendra Zadnik said.
Two realtors who work for the company are from West and were uninjured.
The Veterans Administration, which owns several properties in McLennan County and makes them available to veterans, asked that the real estate agency assist in finding the home that best fit their needs.