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By Jeff Pack

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley breaks ground on replacement of Jean Hayman House


Last updated 3/1/2019 at 1:08am

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From left, Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries, Lake Elsinore Community Development Director Grant Taylor, members of the Lake Elsinore Historical Society with Lake Elsinore City Manager Grant Yates, Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley Executive Director Tammy Marine, Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley board member Craig Evans, Lake Elsinore Mayor Steve Manos and Mervyn Manalo from the Riverside County Economic Development Agency break ground on the new project.

Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley ceremonially broke ground Feb. 6, on a new project called the Replacement of the Historic Jean Hayman House in Lake Elsinore.

The project is sponsored by the Riverside County Economic Development Agency, Riverside County Supervisor Kevin Jeffries and the Lake Elsinore City Council along with the Lake Elsinore Historical Society.

"This project is about so much more than just a house," Tammy Marine, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley. "It represents collaboration and problem-solving and the power of giving back. It will serve as a catalyst for revitalization and in commemorating a piece of Lake Elsinore history. But most importantly, it will turn a house into a home for a hard-working family. What an honor."

Jean Hayman died at the age of 72 from cancer after more than 37 years of teaching music. Jean Hayman Elementary School was named in her honor.

She and her parents, Birdie and Henry Scherner, moved to Lake Elsinore when she was just 5 years old in 1927, and they owned and operated the Elsinore Public Market.

Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley construction manager James Buxton said the project has been in operation for the past three months.

"As far as actually breaking ground that should start in three to four weeks," Buxton said. "This, of course, depends on when grading plans are approved and released to us by the city of Lake Elsinore."

Buxton said the schedule calls for a five-month timeline, meaning the house should be ready by September.

At that point, the home will be turned over to an Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley-selected Habitat Partner Homebuyer who will own the home. As always, the home will be sold to partner homebuyers at no profit and financed with affordable loans. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest what they call "sweat equity" hours building their own future Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley home and the homes of other Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley homebuyers.

Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley's program is designed to assist low-income, first-time homebuyers in achieving "their dream of homeownership."

The application process began last year, but so far, a homeowner hasn't been chosen. Marine expects to choose from an existing pool of applicants "within the next 90 days."

Marine said she is excited about having another Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley project get underway and called for the community to get involved in the project.

"There is an affordable housing crisis in our state," she said. "The cost of land, infrastructure and construction costs are at an all-time high. Ensuring that all residents of our community have access to decent, affordable housing is key to maintain a vibrant community. Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley relies on the support of our collaborative partners, donors, sponsors and volunteers. No contribution is too small."

Eric Bunge, the community outreach director for Habitat For Humanity Inland Valley, said there are many ways members of the community, groups, and businesses can help with the project.

"A multitude of exclusive team building days are available for companies or clubs who want to help," he said. "And we are definitely looking for construction companies to get involved with discounted/donated goods and services such as concrete, drywall, roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, lumber, etcetera."

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The Replacement of the Historic Jean Hayman House in Lake Elsinore project is expected to be completed late this year.

So far, companies such as CR&R Incorporated, Wells Fargo, J-Power USA, Innovative Structural Engineering Inc., Lowe's, Mobile Mini Storage Solutions, Acker-Stone Industries Inc. and Image Zone Printing & Graphics have volunteered services or sponsored the project.

Contact Bunge at [email protected] for sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer, contact Sinead at [email protected]

"One house at a time we are making a difference," Marine said. "Twenty-five percent of all Californians live in poverty housing. Poverty housing is defined by being either substandard, overcrowded or by being cost burdened. By working together, we can remediate this systemic problem that ultimately affects us all allowing low-income families to stabilize and thrive."

For more information on Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley, visit

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]


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