Operation Homefront Selects Dallas Veteran for Mortgage-Free Meritage Home

Dallas, Texas, UNITED STATES

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH) today announced that a deserving military family has been selected to receive a newly built mortgage-free home in Northlake, Texas. The home will be delivered to the family on November 9, just in time for Veterans Day.

U.S. Army Specialist William Robbin, his wife Nikki, their three children and service dog will receive a 2,038-square-foot Meritage home through Operation Homefront’s Homes on the Homefront Program. With three bedrooms and a fully paid mortgage, the family will have an opportunity to set down roots near their extended family and existing support network.

“It’s such a blessing and still feels like a dream every day,” said William. “Thank you for everything you do for veterans.”

William enlisted in the Army in 2007 and carried out multiple missions every day as he rose to the rank of specialist. He later served in Iraq in 2008 where he cleared homes and patrolled the streets of Baghdad. William was honorably discharged in 2012 after suffering from traumatic brain injury and daily seizures.

The single-story home will include the M.Connected Home™ Automation Suite, a two-car garage, private study and covered outdoor living area. It will also come with an array of money-saving features, such as ENERGY STAR® appliances, spray-foam insulation and energy-efficient windows, which cut heating and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent.

Steven J. Hilton, chairman and CEO of Meritage Homes, said, "This will be the eleventh time we’ve given a quality, mortgage-free home to a deserving veteran’s family, and each time is a heart-warming and emotional moment for all of us involved. We are extremely appreciative of the courageous men and women serving in America’s armed forces, and truly honored to be able to improve veterans’ lives in cooperation with Operation Homefront.”

Founded in 2012, the Homes on the Homefront program has placed nearly 600 military families in mortgage-free homes since inception.

“We are so grateful to Meritage Homes for their amazing support of our mission to build strong, stable, and secure military families,” said Brig. Gen. (ret.) John I. Pray Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “This life-changing donation allows our veteran family to have the opportunity to thrive in a community they have worked so hard to protect.”

“We look forward to awarding another beautiful home to a deserving military family in November – just in time for the holidays,” added Pray.

For more information about the Operation Homefront and Meritage Homes partnership, please visit http://www.HomesontheHomefront.org/Highlights or www.MeritageHomes.com.

About Meritage Homes 
Meritage Homes is the eighth-largest public homebuilder in the United States, based on homes closed in 2016. Meritage Homes builds and sells single-family homes for first- time, move-up, luxury and active adult buyers across the Western, Southern and Southeastern United States. Meritage Homes builds in markets including Sacramento, San Francisco Bay area, southern coastal and Inland Empire markets in California; Houston, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix/Scottsdale, Green Valley and Tucson, Arizona; Denver, Colorado; Orlando, Tampa and south Florida; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville-Spartanburg and York County, South Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia.

Meritage Homes has designed and built over 100,000 homes in its 32-year history, and has a reputation for its distinctive style, quality construction, and positive customer experience. Meritage Homes is the industry leader in energy-efficient homebuilding and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence Award every year since 2013 for innovation and industry leadership in energy efficient homebuilding.

About Operation Homefront 
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the support from thousands of volunteers, Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families.

For more information, visit OperationHomefront.org.

Jason E. Moody 
Housing Programs Communications Manager, Operation Homefront 

Lauren Hendeles, Meritage Homes Corporation