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The Yang family


Kayoua Yang, a mother of two children and a nephew, said she’s already told lots of friends and co-workers about the benefits of homeownership.

Thrill of a new start

Family connection is a very important aspect of Asia’s Hmong culture, and it is no different with Kayoua Yang. The mother of two has always wanted a safe home and a good neighborhood where her children can grow up. She believes that “family comes first,” and with that comes “safety and stability.”

For more than 12 years, Yang has worked as a full-time employee at U.S. Bank. She works hard to save money and provide for her family. “Saving money is the biggest thing I’m trying to do,” she said. “That’s why I came to Habitat.”

Yang applied to be a Habitat partner family in November. At the time, she never thought she’d be part of such a monumental event in Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity history.

“I never even dreamed of being a part of the Carter Work Project,” she said. “I just thought: ‘What will I do if I don’t qualify?’ You just never know about the future.”

When Yang found out she had been matched to a house slated for construction during the Carter Work Project, she was elated. “I just couldn’t believe it. I kept saying, ‘I’m so lucky! I’m just so happy!’ When I found out I was chosen I called everyone I knew.”

Now, for Yang, her two children, and her nephew, the future is promising.

The family is more than ready to upgrade from a small two-bedroom house to a more spacious three-bedroom. Her kids will love the extra room to run around, she said.

“We’ll go to the zoo, and we’ll go to the playground. We’re looking forward to meeting new neighbors and exploring a new place.”

Yang is thrilled to learn more about homeownership, and she’s ready to start volunteering. “I’ve told lots of people to apply,” she said. “It’s been a good thing for me. It’s a great program that helps people who can’t afford a good home.”