DAVIDSON – The last of 15 homes in the Bailey Springs neighborhood designated for affordable housing was dedicated May 9 by Our Towns Habitat for Humanity.

Chang Li and Lahpai Lapaizauma and their teenage sons, Zaw Hkunlatt and Zaw Bring, were welcomed to their new home on Stonebriar Ridge Drive, made possible by the town of Davidson, which donated the land; JCB Urban, which built the homes; and Our Towns.

Chris Ahearn, CEO of Our Towns, noted how the three-bedroom, two-story home – one of four on the street built by her organization – is no different than others found in town. And the family is close to several community amenities, including being adjacent to Plum Creek Park.

“They have all the benefits of living in Davidson, walking to parks, to school, and (to) go to the farmers market,” Ahearn said.

The Lapaizaumas moved to the U.S. from Burma, now Myanmar, in 2009. While working for Fresh Market in Jacksonville, Fla., they were transferred to the Cornelius store where they make sushi. Their first attempt at applying for a Habitat home was unsuccessful, but after working on their finances, the couple addressed credit issues and qualified for the program.

Zaw Hkunlatt and Zaw Biring can walk to Hough High School, a half-mile away, which relieves some of the stress on their parents, who won’t have to drive them to school and pick them up every day.

“Of all the projects I’ve been involved with, this is my favorite,” said Jim Burbank of Davidson’s Affordable Housing Taskforce. “The homeowners’ association in Bailey Springs couldn’t be better to work with… I think it’s worth the effort.”

In addition to owning a home with a mortgage they can afford, the family was given a $100 gift card for the Our Towns ReStore, a membership to the Lake Norman YMCA and a lawn mower, weed trimmer and hedge trimmer from Mooresville-based Greenworks.


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