Hayden Homes Makes Major Announcement at League of Oregon Cities Conference

Hayden Opportunity Fund for Housing Affordability AWARDING $150,000 IN GRANTS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS FOR LEADERSHIP IN HOUSING AFFORDABILITY IN OREGON, WASHINGTON AND IDAHO

BEND, ORE.— Housing affordability in the Pacific Northwest has reached a crisis point. The impacts are felt by hard-working families who’ve done everything right but, can’t achieve the American Dream. The governments that serve them must lead the way, developing new solutions that ensure prosperity is attainable for all. But, they can’t do it alone.

Introducing The Hayden Opportunity Fund for Housing Affordability, an initiative of Hayden Homes, which announced today at the League of Oregon Cities Conference that in 2020 it will award $150,000 in grants to three cities, county governments or stakeholder agencies in Oregon, Washington and Idaho for their efforts to solve the housing affordability crisis in their communities.  Grants in the amount of $100,000, $30,000 and $20,000 will be awarded for the top three most innovative solutions.

“At Hayden Homes, we have been right in the heart of the housing availability conversation for 30 years,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “We’ve made it our mission to work with communities to design high quality neighborhoods and homes that offer homeownership to families across the income spectrum. But as the years have gone by, it’s gotten harder and harder to achieve.  We need leadership from local governments and stakeholders who refuse to leave this problem for others to solve, and with The Opportunity Fund, we will do our part to support and recognize that leadership, innovation and collaboration.”

In 2020, the fund will award grants for the creation of projects or programs in partnership with community stakeholders who are also highly invested in solving the housing affordability crisis such as private businesses, local agencies, action councils, business associations, and non-profits. The fund will specifically recognize those projects or programs that develop innovative solutions such as; code and zoning changes, re-prioritization of land for home-building, permitting process changes, reduction of regulatory barriers, reduced infrastructure requirements, creation of incentives, pilot projects, offering credit or reduced fees to builders serving community interests, as well as creative financing for homeowners.

“It’s time for creative actions that work,” said Deborah Flagan, Vice President of Community Engagement at Hayden Homes. “At Hayden Homes we are proud to support local government and stakeholders as they take on the mantle of leadership to achieve real results that make our communities more inclusive and affordable for everyone.”

A diverse panel of judges will be announced early next year, if you would like to nominate a judge, please contact us.  The program details, requirements and guidelines will be available Fall 2019 with applications being accepted in Spring 2020 at HaydenOpportunity.org.

The government or organization earning the largest grant will receive an engraved trophy, a ceremony at a public meeting of their choice, a party for their staff and public recognition throughout the Pacific Northwest for their leadership in housing affordability and availability. For more information visit HaydenOpportunity.org.

About Hayden Homes

Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 17,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed $3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than $18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

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Hayden Homes Receives Prestigious Honors from Avid Awards for Excellence in Homebuilder Satisfaction

REDMOND, Ore. —  Hayden Homes has been honored with the 2019 Avid Benchmark Award for excellence in homebuyer satisfaction.  Hayden Homes’ Central Oregon and South Idaho regions were recognized for scoring among the top 25 percent of Avid’s nationwide databases on the New Home Move-in Experience survey.

“It is a privilege to be recognized by Avid Awards for our commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience,” said Steve Klingman, President of Hayden Homes. “This award is a testament of our teams’ dedication to our homeowners. Our goal is to not only provide high-quality, well-built homes but, also an exceptional customer experience where our customers trust in our company, have pride in the choice they made and feel card for during every interaction with us.”

Homebuilders throughout the U.S. were honored with the prestigious awards for scoring highest with their customers on homebuying experience surveys. Award winners were chosen based on results received from some of the largest publicly traded NYSE/NASDAQ builders, North America’s largest private builders, and hundreds of small volume and custom builders from coast to coast.

“We are thrilled to honor the winners of the 16th Avid Awards, who have set the highest standards for home quality and customer service across North America,” said Paul Cardis, founder and chief executive officer of Avid Ratings. “Our goal is to provide homeowners with the certainty that their builder will not only meet, but exceed, their homebuying expectations.”

The Avid Awards are regarded as a trusted benchmark of customer service performance in the homebuilding industry. Avid Ratings has long been at the forefront of bringing transparency of builder performance to consumers by consumers since 1992. In order to determine the Avid Award winners, homebuilding companies are evaluated using Avid’s award-winning platform. Every homebuyer survey in Avid’s database is meticulously analyzed to determine each builder’s Avid Index Score, which is evaluated using scores from the total homebuying experience, the willingness to refer, and the actual number of recommendations a buyer has made.

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About Hayden Homes

Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

Hayden Homes Named the #1 Best Place to Work in Washington State for the Second Year in a Row

Hayden Homes Team Members at the Seattle Business Magazine Best Places to Work in WAHayden Homes repeats top honor in Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

 

REDMOND, Ore. —  Hayden Homes was once again honored with first place in the Headquartered Outside Washington category for Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”. This is the second year in a row the Company has been recognized with first place. Companies made the list based on the scores of confidential surveys that asked employees to report on 10 categories: corporate culture, executive leadership, responsibility and decision-making, benefits, workplace environment, communication, training and education, hiring and retention, performance standards and rewards and recognition. The highest scores earned by companies across all 10 categories determined who made the list.  

“We are so incredibly fortunate to have a team of talented people that are passionate about what they do and the homeowners we serve,” said Steve Klingman, President of Hayden Homes. “It’s our team members that allow us to continue to receive such honors. We are committed to creating a workplace that is driven by our purpose – where our team members are supported and go home fulfilled by the work we do.”

Seattle Business Magazine sent anonymous workplace surveys to employees throughout Washington state as part of the selection process. Based on thousands of confidential surveys completed by employees, the honorees encompass companies across the state of Washington in four categories – small firms, midsize firms, large firms and firms headquartered outside Washington State.

“A common theme across all these successful companies is transparent, communicative leadership and responsiveness to employee concerns,” said Seattle Business magazine Editor in Chief Rob Smith. “A positive company culture drives innovation and profit, boosts productivity, reduces turnover and creates employee enthusiasm.”

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About Hayden Homes

Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

BUILDER Announces 2019 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award

Hayden Watson, chairman of Hayden Homes, is the recipient of the 2019 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian AwardHayden Homes Selected to Receive Honor

Washington, DC – April 29, 2019 – Hanley Wood, the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, has announced that Hayden Watson, chairman of Hayden Homes, is the recipient of the 2019 Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award, presented annually by BUILDER magazine and Hearthstone, a leader in financing single family development.

“Individuals who go beyond operational achievement, and give extraordinary time, energy, resources, and committed leadership to helping others in need—this is what our Hearthstone BUILDER Award honorees do, and why they strike a very special chord in our business community,” said John McManus, Editorial Director and Vice President of the Residential Group at Hanley Wood. “Hayden’s generosity has impacted hundreds of people in the local community and is a shining example for the entire housing industry.”

Hearthstone and BUILDER, together with founding sponsor Kohler Company, joined forces to recognize builders who go the extra mile to help others. Now in its 20th year, the Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award has given more than $6 million to charity, making it the largest philanthropic award in the homebuilding industry. The award is given to builders who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to making their communities a better place to live and work.

“Year after year, we receive dozens of entries that showcase the good deeds that home builders perform for their community,” said Mark Porath, CEO of Hearthstone. “It’s so encouraging to witness the leadership and self-sacrifice of those in our industry. Every year gives us the unique opportunity to honor someone new that has an entirely different and meaningful impact. In today’s housing environment, it’s so important to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of leaders like Hayden Watson who provide the model for constructing affordable housing for families across the country.”

Watson has led Hayden Homes for close to three decades, starting as CEO in 1999, and becoming Chairman in 2016. Under his leadership, the company ranks as one of the top 35 private home builders in the country, with an economic impact of more than $3 billion since inception. Hayden Homes has provided more than 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven home buyers in underserved markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden has built a strong foundation of giving and generosity, throughout the company’s entire suite of brands including Simplicity Homes, WiseSize and Hayden Homes. Hayden Homes commits ten percent of profits including one eighth of one percent of every home sale to charitable causes.

The trio of home building companies led by Watson have donated more than $18.5 million to a variety of causes including the non-profit, First Story. Watson founded First Story to provide hardworking, deserving and capable families with an affordable home and a major step toward financial freedom. Additionally, more than 80 percent of his staff contributes to this organization through a regular payroll deduction called “Give As You Go,” matched 100% by Hayden Homes.

First Story was launched ten years ago and since has served nearly 80 families and has been able to donate more than $1.3 million to support other non-profits with the vision to give every child the opportunity to grow up and thrive in a decent home, every parent the dignity of providing their kids with a safe place to grow, and every family the chance to build wealth. First Story puts a lower income family in the position to purchase a new home with no down payment and an interest-free loan.

In recent years, First Story has grown from a small organization operated out of Hayden Homes, to a public, non-profit that, currently has more than $11 million in assets. More information about the organization is available to new home buyers on Hayden Homes web site at https://www.hayden- homes.com/community-giving/.

“I feel fortunate that I was able to nominate Hayden and I know he feels incredibly honored to be receiving this recognition,” says Claire Duncan, Executive Director at First Story. “Hayden is changing lives; he’s not waiting for the government to solve the affordable housing crisis; he’s inspiring his employees and his peers to come together to give an opportunity for homeownership to families in need. Hayden is making a real difference for real people and my hope is that his generosity and vision can motivate others to do the same.”

Hayden Watson was selected by a panel of top industry leaders with experience in humanitarian outreach:

  • John McManus, Vice President and Editorial Director, Residential Group, Hanley Wood
  • Mark Porath, CEO of Hearthstone
  • Bert Selva, CEO of Shea Homes
  • Larry Webb, CEO of The New Home
  • Dan Ryan, CEO of Dan Ryan Homes
  • Chris Gaffney, Group President, Toll Brothers
  • Lori Sanson, Executive Vice President, DeNova Homes
  • Pat Hamill, CEO, Oakwood Homes

Watson will be honored at the 2019 Housing Leadership Summit, taking place May 13-15 at the Ritz- Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Cal.

“I’m extremely humbled as well as honored to receive this award and recognition,” said Watson. “I am proud to be part of a family that makes serving the community a priority, it’s probably the most important part of my job. I also am proud that we are directing efforts and resources to one of the country’s most profound issues – housing affordability and homelessness.”

About Hearthstone

Hearthstone was the first, and today is the largest institutional investor solely focused on for-sale residential development in the country, with over $15 billion committed to the homebuilding industry since 1992. This commitment represents the construction financing of over 120,000 homes in 20 states.

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood is the premier company serving the information, media, and marketing needs of the residential, commercial design and construction industry. Utilizing the largest analytics and editorially driven Construction Industry Database – powered by Metrostudy – the company provides business intelligence and data-driven services. The company produces award-winning media, high-profile executive events, and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit hanleywood.com.

About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.
With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden HomesWise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

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Hayden Homes Announces New Sisters High School Arts Competition

Winner to Receive $2,500 Scholarship  
Sisters, Ore.—Hayden Homes announces today a new opportunity for the youth of Sisters Country to contribute to the region’s vibrant arts scene. Building on last year’s successful showing of art in the Village at Cold Springs model home, Hayden Homes will sponsor a new contest for high school juniors and seniors this spring.
The winner will earn a $2,500 scholarship from Hayden Homes to be awarded upon graduation.
To participate, students will first design a 2D sketch of an all-original art work. The Sisters Arts Association judges will review the designs and select a winning concept. Hayden Homes will commission the piece, which will then be displayed in a Sisters community model home beginning in summer 2019.
“Students are so extremely fortunate in Sisters to be supported by special programs that enable them to express their own art,” said Bethany Gunnarson, Sisters High School arts instructor. “This Hayden Homes contest ups the ante and will encourage new focus and intensity in our arts students as they hone in on their unique creative style.”
Students have until March 15 to draft their proposal, which will include a sketch of the piece along with a description of the artwork, execution strategy and supply needs. A team of judges from the Sisters Arts Association will complete their review of the artwork.
The winning concept will be announced the week of March 18. The art piece will then be commissioned by Hayden Homes for completion by May 10.  The student artist will share their work at a special “Meet the Artist” night at the model home to kick off a season of display alongside a framed photo and bio.
“It is Hayden Homes’ honor to partner with Sisters High School and the Sisters Arts Association to showcase the incredible talent of Sisters Country youth,” said Geoff Harris, Regional Director for Hayden Homes. “We are excited to showcase such a unique piece of local artwork in our model home.”
About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.
With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.
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Hayden Homes Named The #1 Best Place to Work in Oregon

Hayden Homes earns top honor in Oregon Business “100 Best Companies to Work For”
REDMOND, Ore. —  Hayden Homes was honored with first place in the large companies category for Oregon Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The 100 Best list recognizes companies for excellence in benefits and compensation, work environment, decision-making and trust, performance management, and career development and learning.
“It is humbling and inspiring to be recognized as the Best Company to Work For by our employees and Oregon Business,” said Steve Klingman, President of Hayden Homes. “We earned the number one spot on this list because of our team members who bring the Hayden Homes’ culture to life and are dedicated to making our world a better place to live.”
Oregon Business Magazine sent anonymous workplace surveys to employees throughout Oregon as part of the selection process. This year, over 10,000 confidential surveys were completed by employees. The honorees encompass companies across the state of Oregon in three categories – large, medium, and small companies.
The full list can be found here.
HAYDEN HOMES NAMED THE #1 BEST PLACE TO WORK IN OREGON
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About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided over 16,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.
With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 3.2 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 62,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 18.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 77 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

Providing a New Home for Nuns at St Francis Church

Hayden Homes helps build St-Francis-Church-BuildingFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2018

COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO PROVIDE NEW HOME FOR NUNS AT ST. FRANCIS CHURCH

REDMOND, Ore. — Construction began on a new 3,200 square-foot convent for St. Francis Church. Hayden Homes, the Parish community and numerous partners have come together to build this new convent, the first in Central Oregon in 58 years.

The new convent will be the residence of the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco who will be arriving from Texas to teach at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School beginning in the fall of 2018.

“St. Francis Church had an immediate housing need for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco; as a local home builder that believes in building a strong community, we were proud to be a part of the solution,” said Dennis Murphy, CEO of Hayden Homes. “Generosity has been rooted at Hayden Homes since our inception and the spirit of giving is at the core of who we are as a company. We are grateful St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School provides students in our community academic excellence while instilling the virtues that will guide them to be service minded leaders.”

The new convent will feature 6 bedrooms, four bathrooms, a Chapel, two laundry rooms, kitchen, dining and living areas. Construction of the new convent began with a groundbreaking and blessing attended by Fr. Jose Thomas Mudakodiyil and Fr. Victor Meña as well as the Building Committee members: Dennis Murphy of Hayden Homes, Dan McLean of Tri-County Paving, Crystal Mooney, St. Francis School Principal and Kevin Link of SunWest Builders.

“We are grateful Hayden Homes, the Parish community and numerous partners have come together to ensure that the Salesian Sisters will have a new home as they join our community in Bend,” said Crystal Mooney, St. Francis School Principal. “Education is central to their charism and their presence will be most impactful to our students and families. Their order has been rooted in education and the Catholic Faith for 147 years; bringing their expertise and traditions to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School will deepen our 82 years of education in Bend.”

The convent is scheduled for completion in August.

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About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided 15,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5,500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 72 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

Hayden Homes Named The #1 Best Place to Work in Washington State

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July 5, 2018

Hayden-Homes-Named-Best-Place-to-Work-in-WA-StateHAYDEN HOMES NAMED THE #1 BEST PLACE TO WORK IN WASHINGTON STATE
Hayden Homes earns top honor in Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”

REDMOND, Ore. — Hayden Homes was honored with first place in the Headquartered Outside Washington category for Seattle Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The award salutes Washington companies that set the standard for executive leadership, benefits, rewards/recognition, corporate culture, training, work environment and more. The Best Companies to Work For are determined by anonymous responses to direct employee surveys.

“It is humbling and inspiring to be recognized as the Best Company to Work For by our employees and Seattle Business Magazine,” said Steve Klingman, President of Hayden Homes. “Rooted in a culture of generosity and abundance, this spirit determines everything from our team member experience, to the quality of our work, to the way we act as a company. We earned the #1 spot on this list because of our team members who bring the Hayden Homes’ culture to life and are dedicated to making our world a better place to live.”

Seattle Business Magazine sent anonymous workplace surveys to employees throughout Washington state as part of the selection process. Based on thousands of confidential surveys completed by employees, the honorees encompass companies across the state of Washington in four categories – small firms, midsize firms, large firms and firms headquartered outside Washington State.

Michael Romoser, associate publisher of Seattle Business magazine, said, “This is the 29th year of producing our state’s 100 Best Companies to Work For program. The vast number of companies that participate in the in-depth, direct-to-employee survey process never make the list. For the ones that do, it is a remarkable achievement and testament to their fostering inclusive, engaged work environments.”

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About Hayden Homes
Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has provided 15,000 new homes to price conscious, value-driven homebuyers in underserved, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building a strong community together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5,500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501(c)(3) Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 72 deserving and capable families throughout the Pacific Northwest with a safe, healthy affordable home and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase a new home.

Veteran Home Dedication

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2018

Rebuilding a Veteran's Home in MedfordVIETNAM VETERAN’S HOME OF 42 YEARS REBUILT WITH HELP OF NORTHWEST HOME BUILDER, CITY GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION, AND NUMEROUS OTHER PARTNERS

REDMOND, Ore. — Northwest home builder Hayden Homes, nonprofit First Story, the City of Medford, Ore., and numerous other partners recently came together to rebuild the 42-year-old home of William Verschoor, a veteran who fought in the Vietnam War. Verschoor voluntarily enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Dong Ha from 1968 to 1970 as a field soldier and tank mechanic.

A local neighbor contacted the City of Medford about the condition of the veteran’s home. A tree had fallen and severely damaged the roof, and upon further inspection, missing floor section were discovered and the home had no insulation, heat, or running water. The home was deemed uninhabitable by the building department. The City of Medford reached out to a local builder, Hayden Homes, and asked the builder to partner with the City to construct a new home for Verschoor.

“Hayden Homes builds in 35 different cities throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and this collaborative partnership between government, private and public entities is refreshing and incredibly unique,” said Shane Johnson, Regional Director for Hayden Homes. “When the city reached out to us, saying ‘yes’ to being a part of this project came very easily because of our belief in building strong communities … the very reason Hayden Homes was founded.”

The City of Medford waived all fees associated with the project, including permitting, inspection, and timeline. Hayden Homes oversaw the construction management of the home and worked with its nonprofit, First Story, which helps deserving individuals and families in need achieve homeownership. Hayden Homes also coordinated with additional partners to secure the necessary services and materials to rebuild the home, including excavation, foundation, plumbing, paint, and lumber.

“When we saw the condition of the home, we knew we needed to do something to try and find a way to help Mr. Verschoor keep his home and avoid homelessness,” said Gary Wheeler, City of Medford Mayor. “This project is a beautiful demonstration of our community coming together to help a man who proudly served our country.”

Keys to the completed home were presented in a special dedication to the deserving veteran at a ceremony where he was honored and welcomed into his new home by the community, neighbors, and numerous partners.
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About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes provides new homes to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 work-force families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in Central Oregon.

About First Story
First Story is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing affordable home ownership opportunities to deserving families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Founded in Redmond, Oregon in 1998, First Story has helped more than 10,000 families through new home construction and financial support. For more information visit: www.FirstStory.org.

Hayden Homes Helps to Provide Thanksgiving Dinners to Families in Southern Oregon

For Immediate Release:
Contact: Brad Bennington, Executive Officer Builders Association Southern Oregon
541.941.0901 | brad@buildso.com | www.buildso.com

HAYDEN HOMES PARTNERS WITH BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTHERN OREGON TO FEED OVER 130 THANKSGIVING DINNERS TO FAMILIES IN SOUTHERN OREGON

Medford, OR, Tuesday, November 21st at 11 am, members of the Builders Association of Southern Oregon (BASO) and Hayden Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in Southern Oregon, will deliver over 130 Thanksgiving dinners, feeding approximately 700 individuals, to the City Life Community Center located at 529 Edwards Street in Medford. City Life is a safe place for HWAM and inner-city kids and their families to receive life skills training, educational support, counseling, tutoring, and mentoring.

This is an innovative example of a how a non-profit can reach out to another non-profit by creating a win-win collaborative partnership benefitting the Southern Oregon community. “We’ve been providing Thanksgiving dinners to families in Southern Oregon for over 10 years.” said Brad Bennington, Executive Officer of BASO, “When you have devoted community partners like Sherm’s Food 4 Less, and this year the generous support of Hayden Homes, these partnerships will help even more families enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. We are reminded, at this time of year, how blessed we are to live in Southern Oregon, this is just one small way to share our gratitude.”

The media and public are welcome to attend the event, Tuesday November 21st between 11 and 11:30am at City Life where the dinners are being delivered by members of the Builders Association of Southern Oregon.

Hayden Homes VP of Community Engagement, Deborah Flagan said, “When this opportunity was presented to us we immediately said, “YES” because of the many deserving families throughout Jackson County that would benefit from the Thanksgiving deliveries. We are honored to be able to assist in providing these families with a healthy and filling meal on Thanksgiving day.”

Builders Association of Southern Oregon is a non-profit education and trade organization that serves the construction community in Southern Oregon. BASO’s three-fold mission to educate, advocate, and motivate its members and the general public to build strong, safe and sustainable communities in Southern Oregon.

About Hayden Homes
Hayden Homes provides new homes to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989, Hayden Homes has built more than 14,000 homes in over 300 new home communities. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately owned home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

With a commitment to building strong communities together, Hayden Homes has contributed 2.5 billion dollars to local economies and creates more than 5500 jobs annually. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 13.3 million dollars in charitable donations with the flagship of their giving through the 501C3 Non-Profit, First Story. To date, First Story has provided 69 work-force families throughout the Pacific Northwest with an affordable home ownership opportunity and a first step toward financial freedom. The Hayden Homes brand family of companies includes Simplicity by Hayden Homes, Wise Size Homes and Hayden Homes, all providing an unparalleled selection of opportunities for those looking to purchase in a new home community in Medford.

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