Roanoke native excited to become Habitat homeowner

Teyauna Hayes will get the keys to her new home this summer

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ROANOKE, Va. – On Wednesday, 10 News will raise the walls on a home we're building in Roanoke, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous community sponsors. Teyauna Hayes, a 25-year-old Roanoke native, is excited to move into the home this summer when construction is complete.

"Us just being able to say, 'This is our home, this is something I worked for and put my time into and made sure it was ours,' and I'm happy about that," Hayes said.

Hayes said a desire to provide more for her two children motivated her to reach out to Habitat about becoming a homeowner.

"I feel like that was the reason I reached out to Habitat, because I wanted somewhere safe and clean and nice for me and my children to live."

Hayes said she was overjoyed when she found out Habitat approved her for a new house. 

"I just wanted to scream, just scream, scream, scream," Hayes said with a laugh and big smile on her face.

Habitat looks at three things before it approves families for its homes: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.

"If you're going to come with Habitat, you have to help build houses, other people's houses and then your own house, " said Jean Darby, Habitat's family services director. "You have to come to classes."

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