LAYTON -- The city will have a new partner this year in a special program to build a home for a needy family or individuals.
In recent action, the city council voted unanimously to transfer a parcel of property at 415 W. Weaver Lane to Have a Heart, a program of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors and the Northern Wasatch Home Builders Association, to provide a home at a substantial discount to military or special-needs families.
The city had been partnering with Davis School District in a similar program until this coming year, said Kent Andersen, economic development and community block development grant specialist for the city. The homes have been targeted for families of police officers, firefighters or teachers.
The district opted out of the partnership this coming year. Andersen referred to the chance to partner with Have a Heart as a replacement partner as an "angel out of the sky."
There will be some differences in the way the project will be administered, Andersen said. Have a Heart's board will decide which family will be eligible for the home and, instead of construction by students, the home will be built by contractors and companies that will donate their time and products. City officials will still play a role in the program, however, he said, by verifying income and other criteria of eligibility. He said city staff will also have some input on the design of the home.
Andersen expects the new home could be completed by January 2014.
Have a Heart was started in 1998 in an effort to help people with median incomes have a chance at buying a home they wouldn't be able to obtain under normal circumstances.
The Association of Realtors started the program by refurbishing existing homes.