LOCAL NONPROFIT, SECOND HARVEST, SURPRISED WITH $25,000 DONATION

SECOND HARVEST, SURPRISED WITH $25,000 DONATIONDonation Will Support Distributing Healthy Food Throughout Benton and Franklin County

PASCO, Wash. — Hayden Homes surprised Second Harvest with a $25,000 donation in support of their mission of bringing community resources together to feed people in need through empowerment, education and partnership.  In addition, the funds will support Second Harvest’s strategic organizational initiatives to provide healthy food healthy food to those in need through partner food pantries and meal programs.

“We recognize that many in our own community lack access to the basic need of food and are facing hunger every day,” said Rees Wasney, Regional Director at Hayden Homes. “Given the Coronavirus pandemic, we realize that many non-profit organizations are finding it more difficult to raise funds as well as meet the current needs of the community. We believe it’s important to support local organizations, like Second Harvest, that help us build a stronger community, together.”

Second Harvest has been leading the hunger-relief network in the region since 1971. Second Harvest distributes over 2 million pounds of free food each month to help people in need in 26 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Partnerships with more than 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers make it possible to feed 55,000 people each week.

“We are so grateful for this generous contribution from Hayden Homes and First Story, their philanthropic arm,” said Jason Clark, President and CEO of Second Harvest. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded in March, Second Harvest has gone from providing food for 70,000 meals to more than 130,000 meals each day in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Our friends at Hayden Homes and First Story have been longtime supporters of our efforts provide healthy food, both with financial contributions and volunteering, especially at our Pasco distribution Center. They truly make a difference in our communities.”

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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, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 over 80 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.

 

THREE LOCAL FAMILIES RECEIVE WARM WELCOME HOME

First Story Dedicates Three Homes to families in Sisters OregonFirst Story and Hayden Homes Announces Three Additional Homes Will Be Available in 2021

(SISTERS, Ore.)— First Story, Hayden Homes, NeighborImpact and other local partners collaborated to help three families move into their new homes in Sisters. A special, social distancing, key dedication took place and was attended by the City of Sisters and members of the Hayden Homes and First Story teams.

“All three families are the first in their families to own their own home,” Duncan said. Two of the three families currently live and work in Sisters. The nonprofit First Story along with NeighborImpact, reached out to the Sisters community to seek applicants and to help prospective homeowners prepare for the responsibilities of homeownership. The first three families are graduates of Neighborlmpact’s HomeSource Program. Each family is grateful for the safety, health and happiness that owning a home brings.

The non-profit, First Story, is addressing the affordable housing crisis through an integrated approach that focuses on providing a hand-up to homeownership. First Story, Hayden Homes, Neighborlmpact and the City of Sisters have come together for this special project in order to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in Sisters.

Among the homes built in the three-phase Hayden Homes community, McKenzie Meadows Village, will be 10 homes dedicated to affordable housing for families qualifying at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) threshold of 80 percent or below of Adjusted Median Income (AMI). The homes are sold through First Story’s, Hayden Homes’ nonprofit charitable arm, 30-year non-interest loan program.

“What we’re doing in Sisters is the largest, most impactful project the nonprofit has ever done,” said First Story Executive Director Claire Duncan. The three families received their keys to their First Story homes in the initial phase of the project, which is expected to take three years to complete.

First Story’s affordable loan program provides zero-down, zero-interest, 30-year loans to qualified individuals purchasing their first home. The First Story homes are triplex units — but they are only attached at the garage and do not share a living-space wall, giving them the feel of a single-family detached home. They are 1,058 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. They come with appliances, air conditioning, fencing and landscaping in place.

First Story and Hayden Homes will collaborate on three more homes in 2021. If you are interested in learning more please visit: https://www.firststory.org/own-a-home.

About First Story

First Story is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable home ownership opportunities to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. First Story’s integrated approach to affordable housing gives families a hand up to homeownership while preserving dignity, respect, and encouraging inclusivity. 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.

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, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 84 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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LOCAL NONPROFIT, THE GIVING PLATE, SURPRISED WITH $25,000 DONATION

Hayden Homes Surprises the Giving Plate with a $25,000 DonationREDMOND, Ore. — Hayden Homes surprised The Giving Plate with a $25,0000 donation in support of their mission of feeding our neighbors in need. Additionally, the funds will support The Giving Plate’s strategic organizational initiatives needed to ensure they can continue providing food to those in need, such as offering home delivery services.

“We recognize the very real fact that many in our own community are facing hunger and food insecurity every day and even more so now with the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Hayden Watson, Chairman of Hayden Homes. “We appreciate having a local resource, like The Giving Plate, that is committed to ensuring those in our community have access to the basic need of food and nutrition.”

Between 2010 to date, The Giving Plate has distributed 4 million pounds of food in Central Oregon and is currently the only food bank in Oregon that has a youth-specific food bank, Kid’s Korner. The Giving Plate provided 8,697 food bags of nutrient-dense food to children in 2019 through Kid’s Korner food pantry, which is separate from the family monthly food boxes. Nearly 85% of the guests that visit The Giving Plate do not qualify as homeless.  They have homes and jobs—yet they are living paycheck to paycheck doing their best to make ends meet.

“At The Giving Plate, we are experiencing a fairly substantial increase in need for food-relief services compared to 2019,” said Ranae Staley, Executive Director of The Giving Plate. “The Coronavirus pandemic threw a curveball that none of us expected, but in the midst of the chaos and increased need, we have seen such beauty and generosity from our community.  Hayden Homes is a part of that beauty.  In addition to this donation, they have faithfully packed our Kid’s Korner bags for us every Tuesday during COVID-19. We couldn’t be more grateful for the support that Hayden Homes has provided us.  Together we are fighting hunger and feeding hope.”

Hayden Homes is grateful for the work our community partners, like The Giving Plate, do each day. We believe the best way to truly thank them is to reflect on our relationship and expand the shared values that help us build a stronger community, together.

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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, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 over 80 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, FIRST STORY AND CITY OF MIDDLETON MAYOR, STEVEN RULE, HELP LOCAL FAMILY RAISE THE WALLS OF THEIR NEW HOME

(Middleton, ID)— In response to the growing need for affordable housing, the non-profit, First Story, Hayden Homes, the City of Middleton and other local partners are collaborating to help a local family move into a new home in Middleton. A special, social distancing, wall raising event was attended by the Wood family, City of Middleton Mayor, Steven Rule and members of the Hayden Homes and First Story teams.

“As Mayor, I was very proud to participate in interviewing the Wood family and being a part of their dream of homeownership,” said Steven Rule, City of Middleton Mayor. “Thank you again for letting Middleton, and myself, be a part of this great and benevolent program. I am honored and rewarded at the same time.”

The non-profit, First Story, is addressing the affordable housing crisis through an integrated approach that focuses on providing a hand-up to homeownership. First Story, Hayden Homes and the City of Middleton have come together for this special project in order to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in Middleton. Numerous donors have contributed to the Wood family’s new home,  including the City of Middleton’s donation of water and sewer hookup fees. The home is being constructed by Hayden Homes in their Sawtooth Lakes community and sold through First Story’s 30-year non-interest loan program.

After years of hard work and education through NeighborWorks Boise, the Wood family is breaking the cycle of poverty and becoming the first members of their families to own a home. After moving 14 times in 16 years, the Wood family can’t wait to unpack their boxes for good.  “We are grateful for the safety, health and happiness that owning a home brings. As parents, homeownership is the dream of breaking the cycle of living with the poverty spirit,” said Kenny and Amber Wood, homeowners.

A special key ceremony and welcome home celebration will take place for the families in October.

Watch the wall raising ceremony here.

If you would like more information or access to media assets including video footage and interviews please contact Katy Wooderson at kwooderson@hayden-homes.com or 541-639-6848.

About First Story

First Story is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable home ownership opportunities to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. First Story’s integrated approach to affordable housing gives families a hand up to homeownership while preserving dignity, respect, and encouraging inclusivity. 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.

 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, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 over 80 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, FIRST STORY AND CITY OF SISTERS MAYOR, CHUCK RYAN, HELP LOCAL FAMILIES RAISE THE WALLS OF THEIR NEW HOME

(SISTERS, Ore.)— In response to the growing need for affordable housing, the non-profit, First Story, Hayden Homes, NeighborImpact and other local partners are collaborating to help three families move into new homes in Sisters. A special, social distancing, wall raising event was attended by future homeowners and their family members, City of Sisters Mayor, Chuck Ryan and members of the Hayden Homes and First Story teams.

“As Mayor, I was very proud to participate along with Councilor Preedin in interviewing three separate families and being a part of their dream of homeownership,” said Chuck Ryan, City of Sisters Mayor. “It is a very rewarding experience and we look forward to continuing this valuable partnership with First Story as the McKenzie development progresses.”

The non-profit, First Story, is addressing the affordable housing crisis through an integrated approach that focuses on providing a hand-up to homeownership. First Story, Hayden Homes, Neighborlmpact and the City of Sisters have come together for this special project in order to provide affordable homeownership opportunities in Sisters. The homes will be constructed by Hayden Homes in their McKenzie Meadows Village community and sold through First Story’s 30-year non-interest loan program. The first three families are graduates of Neighborlmpact’s HomeSource Program.

Each family is grateful for the safety, health and happiness that owning a home brings. A special key ceremony and welcome home celebration will take place in August.

“We’ve been dreaming and working towards owning a home for almost 20 years,” says Debra Donati and Nathan Barbeau. “We saved every extra penny that came our way and we even postponed getting married. Unfortunately, as we inched closer, Nate was in a devastating hit and run and our dream slipped away. First Story gave us hope again.”

 “I’ve been doing everything I can – saving & working hard- to raise my family in my hometown of Sisters,” says Jacob Christensen. “But, it’s so expensive that it meant my family of 6 sharing one bedroom at my Mom’s house. So, we were forced to move, and our daughter now spends over an hour commuting to school each day. Next year, thanks to First Story, she will walk to school.”

 “As a single-dad, I work hard day in and day out to provide the best life for my son, Conner. Moving to Sisters means he will finally know something other than apartment living and what being a part of a community means,” says Nathaniel Grimes.

Watch the wall raising ceremony here.

If you would like more information or access to media assets including photos, video footage and interviews please contact Katy Wooderson at kwooderson@hayden-homes.com or 541-639-6848.

About First Story

First Story is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable home ownership opportunities to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. First Story’s integrated approach to affordable housing gives families a hand up to homeownership while preserving dignity, respect, and encouraging inclusivity. 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.

 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, secondary markets throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Hayden Homes continues to be the largest privately-owned new home builder in the Pacific Northwest.

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 84 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 HOMEBUYER SATISFACTION FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

Recognized for Scores Among the Top 10 and 25 Percent in the Nation  

REDMOND, Ore. — Hayden Homes has been honored with the 2020 Avid Benchmark Award for excellence in homebuyer satisfaction.  Four of Hayden Homes’ regions including, Central Oregon, I-5 Oregon, Inland Northwest and South Idaho, were recognized for scoring among the top 25 percent of Avid’s nationwide databases on the New Home Move-in Experience survey. In addition, two team members, Community Manager Matthew Schoener and Project Manager James Russell, were recognized with Service Awards for scoring among the top 10 percent of Avid’s nationwide database.

“We are deeply honored to receive these awards,” said Geoff Harris, Customer Experience Director for Hayden Homes. “Our team is passionate about supporting our buyers through their home buying journey and this award is a testament to their dedication of providing the most caring and trusting experience possible.”

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 very excited to announce the winners for our Avid Awards this year. The builders we are honoring have shown a dedication to service and quality that far exceeds expectations,” said Zach Buehl, vice president of client success, Avid Ratings. “The recipients should be proud of their accomplishments as all of Avid’s customers care deeply about customer experience, but these select few have risen above and beyond the crowd. Avid is proud to bestow honors on each and every winner.”

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 17,000 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.

Hayden Homes exists to Give As You Go™, so together we build a strong community, and lead fulfilled lives. Hayden Homes has contributed 3.25 billion dollars to local economies and has created more than 69,000 jobs since the company’s inception. Hayden Homes supports philanthropic efforts in the communities in which they build and have contributed more than 24.2 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 84 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.

 

TWO LOCAL CENTRAL OREGON FAMILIES RECEIVE WARM WELCOME HOME

BEND, Ore.— In response to Central Oregon’s growing need for housing affordability, Hayden Homes, Simplicity by Hayden Homes and other partners have joined forces to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for two local Central Oregon families. In the wake of the Coronavirus, the critical role that a home plays in the safety, health and happiness of families in our community is even more evident.  Two special, social distancing, home dedications and key ceremonies were attended by homeowners and their families.

Meet the Gilman’s:

The Gilman’s have experienced challenges and hardships most of us cannot begin to understand. It has involved the very real struggles of a rare but serious genetic disorder that will require a lifetime of support and supervision for their daughter Frankie. Through it all, their positivity and love continues to shine on. Frankie has given their family and all whose hearts she touches the amazing gift to practice patience, tolerance, courage, compassion, strength, perseverance, intention, beauty, and most importantly; unconditional love every day.

The Gilman’s goal has always been to provide their family with a home of their own, but the road to homeownership has been long, rocky and full of uncertainty with traditional routes to qualify for a home loan, not possible.

“Paul, myself and the kids are blown away! What an incredible gift our family has been given,” said homeowner, Courtney. “The opportunity to provide our children, especially Frankie, a home that we can call our own is a dream that seemed unattainable until now. First Story has given us the most amazing opportunity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!”

Meet the Magee’s:

Rheanna Magee, a single mother, was born and raised in Bend, Ore. and is a very active participant in the community raising her daughter Isabella. In addition to working a full-time job, Rheanna is also attending Oregon State University majoring in Human Development and Family Science, with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her goal is to continue to graduate school where she will specialize in counseling adolescents, as she feels that it is such an important, unique time in their life.

Growing up Rheanna’s family moved frequently and never really had a home that was theirs. “Owning a home means everything to me,” said homeowner, Rheanna. “Renting feels very unstable and insecure. I have worked very hard over the past few years to rebuild my credit and to get to a point where we could purchase a home of our own. This is a dream come true and has brought a sense of stability and safety to my daughter and I.”

Inspired by Hayden Homes’ belief in building a strong community, First Story was founded to help deserving individuals and families in need achieve the dream of home ownership. Since 1998, First Story has provided 84 families across the Northwest with a hand-up to homeownership. This is the non-profit’s 22nd home in Deschutes County that will be sold through a 30-year, zero-interest, no-down loan to a deserving family. First Story works hand-in-hand with Hayden Homes, their trade partners, and generous donors who contribute the materials, labor and cash needed to get a First Story home built.

“First Story offers a unique approach and a step in the right direction to addressing critical housing affordability challenges,” said Steve Klingman, President of Hayden Homes. “The effort is a testament to the giving spirit of our team members, our community and the positive results that come when we work together on creative solutions. We are excited and proud to help welcome both the Gilman’s and Magee’s home.”

About First Story

First Story is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable home ownership opportunities to hardworking families throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. First Story’s integrated approach to affordable housing gives families a hand up to homeownership while preserving dignity, respect, and encouraging inclusivity. 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.

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Important Updates for Hayden Homes Customers

3/12/20: An Update from Hayden Homes

As the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) increase, we feel it’s important to connect with you to share the steps we are taking in our model homes to help keep you, our team members and our communities safe and healthy.

The health and safety of our customers and team members is our top priority. Our model homes are cleaned and sanitized daily as part of our normal course of business. We have recently increased the frequency of cleaning in our model homes, in addition to adding resources such as antibacterial soap for both our customers and team members.

Based on information we’ve received, our own preparedness and the current state of our operations, we are confident our model homes continue to be safe.

Our model homes will remain open during normal business hours. We make it easy for you to learn about our communities, home plans and pricing by visiting our website at www.hayden-homes.com, where you can build your home with our Design Your Home Feature as well as contact us with any questions.

We are grateful to serve you and our communities and look forward to seeing you soon.

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.