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The Castanos Family

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Mayra was a single mom working part-time at Family Works, a family resource center, when her sister was making plans to buy a home in the autumn of 2006...

Mayra was a single mom working part-time at Family Works, a family resource center, when her sister was making plans to buy a home in the autumn of 2006. She watched from the sidelines, knowing that while she’d love to have that personal and financial security for herself and especially for her three-year-old daughter Isabella, she couldn’t imagine how she would afford it. Growing up in Mexico, Mayra’s family moved around all the time, and she was constantly packing up, changing schools and having to make new friends. She wanted more stability for Isabella than renting could ever guarantee.

It wasn’t until her sister moved into her new home and raved about how it was made affordable by an organization called Homestead that Mayra felt a hopeful spark that she, too, might have a chance at homeownership. She called immediately to set up an appointment.

Mayra was excited to learn that she qualified for Homestead’s program. She attended a homebuyer education class, got help qualifying for a mortgage and started looking at homes.

She loved the first home she saw. Isabella could have her own room for the first time. It was close to Mayra’s work, and it had a big backyard. Mayra could already picture Isabella running through the house and playing on the grass. Though she loved it, Mayra was cautious with such a big investment, so she looked at other houses—a lot of other houses. Throughout, she kept imagining herself and Isabella in that first home. Finally, she went back and made an offer. In February of 2009, Mayra and Isabella moved into their new home.

They loved the freedom to make it their own: Mayra with painting and home projects, and Isabella with decorating her bedroom walls. Isabella went to the same school and loved having friends over. Most importantly, their home was a constant comfort when life was less steady. Mayra is so grateful that she didn’t have to worry about rising housing costs, a lease or moving. Homeownership enabled her to give Isabella stability at home during tumultuous times.

Five years later, Mayra is now is looking towards the next chapter of her life. Having met that special someone, she is planning to sell her home to move in with Peter and his daughters. It’s difficult to leave her home – the place in which she’s lived the longest – but she’s excited for the future. As she now shows the home to prospective buyers, she is thrilled to be able to pass along the opportunity for affordable homeownership to a family like hers. Homestead made it possible, but Mayra and the many families who will live here after her make it home.

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