| ABC Television’s “Extreme Makeover – Home Edition” Season Premiere Features Jackson Family of Poolesville
Montgomery County Government Played Key Role in Providing the Family with an Affordable “Dream Home”
Sunday, September 28, 7 - 9 p.m.
The season premiere of ABC Television’s Extreme Makeover – Home Edition will feature a new, affordable “dream home” that was built for County resident Felicia Jackson and her 14 children on a 1.3 acre corner lot in Poolesville. The new home was made possible, thanks to Montgomery County’s efforts to find and finance the property. In addition, technical expertise and assistance provided by the County enabled the show to successfully construct the new home during the week of June 23.
“Expanding the stock of affordable housing in Montgomery County is among my highest priorities, and I am extremely pleased that Extreme Makeover – Home Edition chose this special family from within our community to receive such a life-changing gift,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “I want to thank the producers and staff of the Extreme Makeover show and Classic Homes of Maryland for making this family’s dream come true, and for contributing another much-needed affordable home to our community.”
Felicia Jackson was once a working mother of four with a good job and a husband. Having grown up with her siblings in foster homes, Jackson made a promise to her dying sister that she would care for the sister’s 10 children so that they would stay together and not become foster children after their mother’s death. When Jackson’s own family of four children suddenly grew to 14 (ranging in age from 3 to 17), she found that she could no longer keep her day job and had to take an evening job with less pay and benefits. Jackson also found herself as a single mother when her husband left.
Until late June (when the new home was completed), the Jackson family lived in various hotels in the County, waiting to find suitable affordable housing. The new home in Poolesville, which sits on a corner lot on Jerusalem Church Terrace where a small foreclosed house once stood, now provides the family with adequate space in a community that is familiar.
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