American Dream of Homeownership Comes True for Once Homeless New Arrival

ORANGE, NJ – When Cristina Mateo emigrated from the Dominican Republic, she never thought of owning anything, not even a car, let alone a house. Some dreams, it seems, are just too big to envisage. Flash forward 22 years and here’s Cristina happily sharing her home with her family, a proud homeowner in Orange’s East Ward, a purchase made possible by the Orange Housing Development Corporation’s Home Ownership Program.