NORTH OGDEN — If "home is where the heart is," then a Utah group is hoping to offer a family the opportunity to have a place to call their home.
Have A Heart, a nonprofit arm of the Northern Wasatch Association of Realtors, has built a new house in Weber County and is searching for a qualified person or family to purchase the property at a heavily discounted price.
The 1,445 square foot home is located at 469 E. 1625 North in North Ogden and is wheelchair accessible with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a two-car garage.
Mike Ostermiller, NWAOR chief executive officer said the group has built homes for the program for about a decade, but this is the first home Have A Heart has constructed a house for a family with wheelchair accessibility needs.
"Our vision was, 'Let's start a program where we can help families achieve the American dream of owning their own home,'" he said. "We want to be able to help someone, who without the help of the Have a Heart program, could not afford to own their own home."
The price range for the home would likely be between $150,000 and $158,000. However, there could be room for negotiation, depending upon the circumstances and needs of the specific buyer, said Ostermiller. Applicants must qualify for a loan and have special needs or circumstances, he added.
Over the years, owning a home has helped families and the economy prosper and grow, Ostermiller said, and his group would like to see a deserving family have the chance to attain a cherished goal.
"As an organization, we obviously believe in home ownership and fight for it and stand for it," he said. "We feel strongly about this program because it enables families to achieve home ownership, which we believe is the solution to a lot of our (economic) problems."
For more information regarding the Have A Heart program, contact Linda Hampson via email at Linda@nwaor.com.