The Field of Dreams is 50% occupied, hitting a major milestone! Our construction crew, partner families, and volunteers are working hard to bring the project to completion.
The Problem and Our Solution
Salt Lake County suffers from an extreme shortage of affordable homes, and 47% of the valley's air pollution can be tied to buildings. Our Field of Dreams community addresses both issues.
Habitat makes homes affordable by selling them at cost (without profit) and offering a zero % 30-year mortgage (usually far less expensive than rent). Partner families invest 225 hours of sweat equity to offset their down payment. These hours give families the knowledge and skills to be self-reliant in maintaining their homes, which is particularly important for people who have always relied on a landlord for repairs and maintenance.
Field of Dreams reduce environmental impact through state-of-the-art, high-efficiency design that lowers utility use, utility costs for homeowners, and pollution for our community. Lower utility costs help working families who are on a tight budget.
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity provides an opportunity for home ownership to people who had little hope of ever owning a home. Homeownership stabilizes their children's lives, fostering success in school, relationships, and life. Homeownership disrupts intergenerational poverty. Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity has built over 100 homes, serving working households earning between 30-60% of the area's median income. Read about the Cavrag Family and the Amin Family.
The Habitat partner families work together on each other's homes as they complete their sweat equity hours, building community before they move in. The Field of Dreams Community Park is the development's centerpiece, offering a safe and attractive space where children can play and families can strengthen ties. When neighbors are connected, communities thrive.
Halfway through the project, 10 families with a combined 26 children live in the Field of Dreams. The remaining ten families have been selected and are working on their 225 sweat equity hours. The project should be 100% complete, and all homes should be occupied by the summer of 2024.
The property was once home to Camp Kearns, a basic training facility for replacement troops headed to Japan during WWII. Most of the men who trained at Camp Kearns only stayed there a few weeks and were glad to get shipped out, as living conditions were horrible. The camp opened in 1942 and, within a year, helped Kearns become the third-largest city in Utah with 40,000 residents. The camp closed as an active base in 1946, and the buildings and materials were auctioned off in 1948. A group of individuals purchased a 2-acre site and installed Stewart Field, home to Kearns American Baseball. MLB player Brandon Duckworth went to Kearns High School and spent time playing on this ballfield as a youth. However, as other sports began to compete for attention, the ballfield fell out of use and became blighted. Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity purchased the 2-acre parcel in 2015.