54°F
weather icon Clear
app-logo
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

Single mom gets new home from Habitat, Bank of America

On Oct. 4, Bettina, a single mother of four and a Las Vegas resident since 1980, received the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home during a moving ceremony that included friends, family and executives from Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas and Bank of America.

The home was funded by combined donations from community partners, including $200,000 from Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Award.

The ceremony was part of the sixth annual Global Build, a weeklong event that engages Habitat for Humanity chapters and Bank of America employees to help build affordable homes and revitalize communities in 90 communities across six countries. The build also was part of the largest project in Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas’ 28-year history in Southern Nevada. Located in the Pittman community of Henderson, the home is the third of 20 single-family attached Habitat for Humanity homes to be completed over the next few years.

According to the latest Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors report, home prices in Las Vegas are nearing an all-time high, with the median sold home price reaching $310,000 in September. B

Bettina’s journey to homeownership wasn’t an easy one. She was in an abusive relationship for many years and eventually became homeless. She struggled to find permanent employment and held various jobs through temp agencies in order to provide for her children. One day, she worked up the courage to leave the abusive situation and sought refuge through a local domestic violence shelter. Through this resource, Bettina was able to secure an apartment through subsidized housing.

As Bettina gained more stability for herself and her children, she was able to secure permanent employment with a large company. This afforded her the opportunity to take steps toward making her dream of homeownership a reality. She was referred to Habitat through a friend and began the application process.

Bettina’s new goal is to one day go back to school to become a medical assistant.

Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas homes are sold at no profit and with a zero-interest mortgage to local families. They invest over 300 hours of sweat equity to help build Habitat homes, including the one they will eventually purchase. The homeownership program also includes financial literacy classes and other support. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, visit lasvegashabitat.org.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Sponsored
KB Home showcases Talus at Kyle Canyon

KB Home’s new Talus at Kyle Canyon community is a gated master plan situated in highly desirable northwest Las Vegas.

Three Vegas communities rank in the U.S. top 25

Sales in Las Vegas master-planned communities took a bigger hit than the nation as a whole in 2022 amid rising mortgage rates but the valley managed to have three ranked in the top 25 and five in the top 50.

Nicole Bloom named 2023 SNHBA president

In an industry in which women don’t often ascend to the highest ranks, Nicole Bloom wants her term as the third-ever female president of the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association to empower fellow women to make it a career like she’s done.

Summerlin ranks in top 10 U.S. master plans

Summerlin, a development of The Howard Hughes Corp., is Nevada’s highest-ranking master-planned community on the 2022 best-selling list, according to RCLCO, a national real estate consultant that has been ranking master plans since 1994.

Summerlin celebrates Lunar New Year

Downtown Summerlin, the vibrant urban core of the Summerlin master-planned community, is once again honoring Southern Nevada’s rich Asian heritage with its annual Lunar New Year parade on Jan. 22 along Park Centre Drive.

2022 year in review for Summerlin

Summerlin continued its decadeslong trajectory in 2022, capping off a year of milestone development in Downtown Summerlin, the community’s urban core with annual visitation exceeding 20 million.

U-Haul ranks Henderson No. 17 Growth City

Henderson is the No. 17 growth city in America, according to the U-Haul Growth Index analyzing customer moves during 2022.

SNHBA elects 2023 board, officers

This December, the Southern Nevada Home Builders Association and HomeAid Southern Nevada gathered professionals working in all facets of the homebuilding industry at its yearly luncheon.

Christmas tree recycling returns to Summerlin

Summerlin residents are once again encouraged to recycle their real Christmas trees once the holidays are over. In partnership with Springs Preserve, the UNLV Rebel Recycling Program and dozens of other local conservation organizations, the annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program returns to the community, Dec. 26 through Jan. 15.

Experts expect housing sales down 30 percent in 2022

The Las Vegas new-home market is expected to see 30 percent fewer net sales compared to 2021 when the final numbers are crunched by the end of January, but builders hope population gains will boost the marketplace even as mortgage rates remain elevated for now.