This feature was written and produced for the KUHF Newslab in Houston, TX.
On Wednesday, Howard, 72, was honored as the first Houston resident to buy a Habitat for Humanity home — and to successfully pay off the mortgage. Surrounded by a fraction of her family, which includes 27 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren, a tearful Howard was given a framed property deed bearing the stamped word PAID. Both the city and county declared Wednesday Dorothy Howard Day. – Houston Chronicle