Family-in-need gets keys to Medford home

MEDFORD, Ore. — The keys to a new home were given to a family-in-need over the weekend.

The Flanagan family were welcomed into their new home on Saturday.

It’s the 13th home completed from the partnership between the City of Medford and the Rogue Valley non-profit, Habitat for Humanity.

The home was previously foreclosed and with the help of volunteers was re-modeled and prepped for its new family.

“This program really does represent partnership and the importance of that and just taking these families one at a time and getting them into housing using our existing housing inventories to do that,” said Angela Durant, Planner for the City of Medford.

The Flanagans will pay a monthly mortgage on their new home.

Over the past ten years, Durant says the city’s received just over $3 million from Oregon Housing and Community Services to convert foreclosed homes into new homes or rentals.

So far, the city says it’s converted 45 homes with other partners including Access and the Housing Authority of Jackson County.

A previous version of this article used the term “gifted.” Habit For Humanity affiliates do not “gift” homes. Families earn them through a thorough process and pour in hours of sweat equity. They also pay a mortgage. NBC5 News regrets the error.

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