After flood waters heavily damaged her home in 2013, Carla Ogden is excited for the idea of moving into a new home in a new affordable housing development in Lyons.
"I don't want to start crying, but it's very special and I can't thank everyone enough," Ogden said.
She is one of three recipients of homes that will be constructed through Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley.
"Carve out a piece of it to put in six permanently affordable Habitat homes," David Emerson, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley, said. "It's a first of its kind in the town of Lyons."
The development is a first in a town that Ogden says has few affordable housing options.
"No, there are next to none, next to none. No, and very few rentals," Ogden said.
Emerson says the town was impacted in an unexpected way after the flood.
"You know, this was a very income diverse town before the floods and that's one of the things that was lost," Emerson said.
Ogden has been living in Lyons for 18 years and until this opportunity with Habitat for Humanity, she thought she was running out of options to stay in the town she loves.
"The rents keep going up and I'm retired, so it's a little tight," Ogden said.
Now, over a period of the next two years, volunteers will come and help Ogden build her own home. As part of the deal, she has agreed to put in at least 250 hours towards construction.
"To have my own home that I'm actually helping to build," Ogden said.
Plus. families agree to pay a zero-percent mortgage to help fund the construction of the next Habitat for Humanity homes.
"Every time she makes a payment, she's going to help us build another home," Emerson said.
Under an agreement with the town, Emerson says the six homes that will eventually be built will remain low cost.
"We're going to have hundreds of volunteers here and that's community members working together building relationships," Emerson said.
Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley will start the selection process for the remaining three affordable homes on Monday.
Ogden is just happy that she will soon have someplace special of her own.
"Having a home will just be a sanctuary," Ogden said.