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Homebuilder, nonprofit team up on home for low-income family

A new homebuilder in the Treasure Valley is helping give a young woman the opportunity of a lifetime: homeownership.

It was part of a celebration June 9 that helped kick off Oregon-based Hayden Homes‘ move into the Idaho home construction market. Additionally the event highlighted its partnership with First Story, a nonprofit that makes it possible for low-income families to achieve homeownership.

“This opportunity is so life-changing and happened so fast,” said Rebekah Omas, who is Idaho’s first recipient of a home to be built by Hayden Homes. As part of its partnership with First Story, Omas qualified to buy the house with a zero-own payment, zero-interest 30-year loan.

Omas alongside her children, Noah, Colton, and Olivia, watched as a construction crew raised the walls on her soon-to-be 1,400-square-foot home, to be completed in just two months. The home is located in Hayden’s Carlton Bay subdivision, near Horseshoe Bend Road and State Street in Garden City.

A fourth-grade teacher and mother to three children who’s working on her master’s degree, Omas first learned about the program a month ago from a friend.

“She urged me to send in an application and complete an essay about why home ownership was important to me,” she said. “It helped me put my life in perspective and I knew I would be heartbroken if it didn’t work out.”

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Jennifer Gonzalez covers construction, real estate and development news. Contact her at jennifer.gonzalez@idahobusinessreview.com or 208.639.3515.