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New owners move into latest Habitat for Humanity home

Matt and Corinne Arnold and their two daughters Arianna, 5, and Kaylee, 3, currently live in an apartment on a busy street with mold in the walls and closets, which they say is negatively affecting their health.

There is no yard for the girls to play in, and the traffic makes that unsafe anyway. They want so much to be able to live in a safe neighborhood where their kids can play outside and where they can get to know their neighbors.

The Arnolds are young, hard-working parents dedicated to putting their kids first and providing them with a stable future.

And with the help of Nevada County Habitat for Humanity, the couple will be the first generation in their family to be homeowners.

“I experienced being homeless as a child, and I don’t want my kids to ever experience that. I would do anything to keep a roof over their heads,” said Corinne Arnold.

“Habitat has given us the opportunity to provide permanent stability to our family. We want to give our children something that we never had. This is our American dream come true, and we are so grateful.”

Nevada County Habitat for Humanity (NCHFH) was organized in mid-1995 by various community, government and church members to address the growing and recognized need for affordable housing in Nevada County.

To date, NCHFH has completed 23 homes across Nevada County, providing affordable homeownership for 31 adults and 67 children of qualified families.

Street of Dreams, set for 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, is an evening of silent and live auctions, entertainment, socializing, networking, and food to benefit Nevada County Habitat for Humanity.

Enjoy a plentiful spread of heavy appetizers provided by Chef Antonio Ayestaran from popcorn shrimp to gourmet salads to loaded baked potatoes, with wine or beer.

Desserts include a chocolate fondue and other goodies. Attendees are encouraged to keep the bidding competitive to win the best treasures while supporting the cause. Every dollar raised gets us closer to our goal of $35,000.

One hundred percent of proceeds from the event are designated to purchasing building materials for the sixth of NCHFH’s 16-home Heritage Oaks Project on Joyce Drive in Grass Valley. This home, for the Arnold family, is scheduled to begin construction this fall.

Tickets are $40 per ticket and can be purchased at BriarPatch, the Book Seller, Harmony Books and Nevada County Habitat for Humanity Office or online at — click on “events” tab.

To support upcoming builds, contact Nevada County Habitat for Humanity at (530) 274-1951.

“I experienced being homeless as a child, and I don’t want my kids to ever experience that. I would do anything to keep a roof over their heads.”



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The Union Updated Sep 20, 2012 02:18PM Published Sep 24, 2012 06:50AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.