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Ada Couple Says Housing Program Home Didn't Pass Inspection


ADA, OK--An Ada family is speaking up after they say a local housing program took shortcuts in building them a home that didn't pass inspection.

Amy Melton and Susan Reed say they have been enduring a home-builders nightmare ever since they signed up for help from the Tri-County Self-Help program in Ada.

Tri-County housing coordinator Carolyn Hill says the government-funded program assists local families in building their dream homes.

"It's for low and moderate income people that otherwise wouldn't be able to have a new home," said Hill.

Amy and Susan, however, say the program has failed them. They say because of shortcuts taken with everything from the framing, to insulation and handicap accessible features for Brittany--Amy's 16-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy--their  home didn't pass inspection.

Amy said, "The bricklayer himself told me, when I asked him why they did the work they did, or the lack thereof, he said 'You Tri-County, you pay less.'"

Tri-County says this will be their 83rd home, and it's the first to come forward with complaints. Hill says her program takes no shortcuts.

"Each step of the way, they're inspected by a government inspector to ensure everyone the work is done correctly," said Hill.

Amy and Susan say they should have been enjoying their family home for months at this point, but now they can't even estimate when to expect a move-in date.

"I feel like if I could have just done more, but I did everything I could," said Amy. "Some days I spent 15-16 hours working on this house to make sure I did my part, to make sure I did everything that I could."

Amy and Susan say, so far, the housing project has cost them $30,000 dollars in out-of-pocket expenses. Tri-County says they see no problems with the new home, and it was built just as well as the other 82 in the area.