SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A Seminole County charity owner now has a little more time to find the legal help she needs to save two homes from foreclosure.
Not only is Sadie Holmes fighting to save the house built by ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," but she also could lose a second house in Altamonte Springs.
When Holmes got her dream home
six years ago, she put her old house to good use, turning it into a group home where she's taken in about 300 people.
Now, however, Holmes is close to losing to the home to foreclosure.
On Thursday, a judge hesitantly granted Holmes six weeks to get legal help.
"I went into this courtroom today without an attorney and I went in with faith, and that faith bought us more time," Holmes said.
The house in questions needs a lot of work. A wall is damaged and there are problems with the roof, but it still serves as a place where people can come when they have nowhere else to go.
Holmes owes about $200,000 on the home, the same amount of debt that's accrued on her 7,000-square-foot mansion that is also in foreclosure.
Next month, Holmes will go to court in an attempt to save both homes. Auditors have reviewed her case and tell WFTV her lenders may have broken rules, but they also said it'll be an uphill battle.
"If I give up doing this, what am I going to do? How am I going to get my fulfillment? This is what I love to do," said Holmes.
If a judge determines the lenders did something wrong, Holmes could be entitled to up to $700,000 in punitive damages.