LAYTON -- Having been both a builder and a recipient, Jeff Kidder knows all about the program taking place at 208 E. Golden Ave.
Students from Layton High School are busy building another home for a deserving family, and the home will be sold at a fraction of what it normally would sell for.
The new home is part of the At Home in Layton program, a cooperative effort between Layton and the Davis County School District, and will be sold to a family that a special committee finds deserving.
"We want someone living in the community who will be a good member of the community, for a long time," said Ben Hart, Layton's economic development specialist.
Kidder, in his fourth year as a carpentry teacher at Layton High School, was the only applicant for the first home built by the students four years ago. Since then, he has been with students who built two more homes and are close to finishing another.
"They pretty much sell it for cost," Kidder said. "It will be about $100,000 below the appraisal value, so it's a real good deal."
Hart said the house will sell for close to $160,000.
This will be the fourth house built and sold as part of this program, and the third on East Golden Avenue. Kidder said the next home the students build will also be on East Golden Avenue, and all four will be in a line.
The home is a 1,500-square-foot rambler with an unfinished basement and a three-car garage. On Thursday, the students were putting in the tile on one of the floors.
"They enjoy it, and they take a lot of pride in their work," Kidder said. "It's a real student-built house."
The city bought the land, which Hart said cost around $100,000, and then deeded it to the school district. The money for the land came from the Community Development Block Grant program.
"The CDBG has regulated how land can be used, and it has to continue to meet federal regulations," Hart said.
The city also put a lien on the property difference, and after a 15-year period it will be given to the individual who buys the house.
"If they stay for 15 years they get all that equity," Hart said. "The longer they stay, the better the deal is."
After five years, the lien will begin to be released a certain percentage at a time.
Hart said the home should be finished in May and the plan is for the family to move in that same month.
Layton is accepting applications through March 30. Those wanting to apply to buy the house should contact the Layton City Economic and Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After all of the applications are received, a committee made up of members of Layton's city council and staff, as well as from the Davis School District, will review the applications.
"It's a tough process," Hart said. "We just want to make sure, at the end of the day, everyone who wants to, gets a chance to put in an application. The awarding of the house will be done by the committee."