Have a Heart Begins Construction of new Affordable Home

Mayor Joy Petro explains how Layton City was able to obtain a lot for construction of a new affordable home.

With the current rising cost of homes in the state, along with a substantial lack of inventory, Layton City and the Have a Heart Home Foundation have partnered once again to provide affordable housing options to the community. The goal is to construct affordable homes discounted substantially for low-to-moderate-income families with special needs.

The City, Have a Heart, and the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors held a ground breaking ceremony last week at a vacant lot in Layton. Layton City acquired the property utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, and donated the land to Have a Heart.

The Have a Heart Home foundation is a nonprofit, joint initiative of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association and provides housing opportunities to households that wouldn’t be able to own their own home without assistance. A discounted mortgage is tailored to meet the family’s financial circumstances. The program is available to qualified residents of Layton City.

Have a Heart oversees partnerships with local cities to acquire lots, and with local contractors, subcontractors and suppliers who donate a wide spectrum of services and supplies, or provide them at a very low cost, to build an affordable home. The organization has once again tapped Stuart Smith, president of Mainline Construction in Layton, and his crew, to lead the construction efforts of the home.

Have a Heart and Layton City have been providing these types of affordable homes for decades, and have made a profound impact on the community and the families served. If you know a family  that may be interested in the Have a Heart program, please have them visit their website to fill out an application.