Affordable Housing Is Important

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Editor:

In this issue of the Payson Roundup, look for a cut-out from Payson Area Habitat for Humanity. Once you find it, please read it and consider the difference you can make in the life of a family here in Payson.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has been committed to providing decent, affordable and healthy housing for low- to moderate-income Payson residents. We are not about giving a handout, we are about giving a hand up. The selected homeowners perform between 300 to 500 hours of “sweat equity.” In addition, they pay closing costs and pay on a mortgage. The money from the mortgage payments are then used to build more homes in Payson.

We are currently undertaking our biggest project yet since we were formed in Payson in 1994 — the Longhorn Village Project. We couldn’t be more proud of the volunteer efforts under way on the first phase of the project. You have probably noticed the construction under way on the corner of Longhorn and McLane.

Our state tax dollars go to many good uses around the state, but this is an opportunity to keep your state tax dollars in Payson. Affordable housing has long been one of the main concerns of our local government officials and for good reason. Every day local businesses struggle to find good employees who can afford to stay in Payson. Please take a look at our ad in this week’s Roundup, discuss it with your tax preparer, and consider an easy way to make a very, very big difference.

Ross Hage

PAHH fund-raising chairman

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