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New Housing for Marines

If you've served in the military, you know the sacrifice. But now in Beaufort, we found a new partnership that's really making a difference in Marine family life.

It was an important day for SSgt. Carlos Alfonso and his family: their first time in their new home on Laurel Bay. It's a home they say just doesn't compare to the base housing where they used to live.

"It's just a blessing we got this home we're in," he said. "This is by far the nicest one I've ever seen, regardless of rank, this is the nicest I've seen."

With two young children and one on the way, the Alfonsos were outgrowing the old place. "Having a home to come home to instead of just a house--we're not going to feel like it's so temporary," Diania Alfonso told us. "It's going to feel more permanent even though it might be for a short period of time."

Hundreds of other military families of all ranks will also receive upgraded homes. In fact, through this partnership, there will be nearly 500 new homes built throughout the Tri-Command and more than a thousand homes will be renovated, not to mention the addition of several new community centers.

The best thing about these new homes is that they don't cost Marines and sailors any more to live in. "Their basic allowance for housing, whatever it may be, covers their rent and all their utilities and their ground maintenance," said Michael Milwood with ACTUS Lend Lease, the company building and managing the homes.

"It's great because it's not only new housing," said Col. Harmon Stockwell. "We're establishing to improve all homes, so everyone has a higher standard of living."

Instead of being demolished, some of the nicer homes on Parris Island are actually being moved off base and relocated to help those with lower incomes afford a home.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey,

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