by: Joann Shin
(KHNL) - Owning a home in paradise,can sometimes be a far off dream.
It was for David Paz.
"As a single man like me, financially I wasn't able to do it," explained Paz.
But now he's among the latest class of new homeowners.
Paz said, "I never dreamed of being a homeowner because I didn't think it would be possible."
City programs helped these low income families work toward buying a home.
"If they wish to try, we use resources and staff to try to help them along," explained Gary Iwai with the City Department of Community Services.
The program first helps individuals pay rent.
But the goal is help them become self sufficient.
"As your income increases, you can pay more and they pay less. Eventually you get used to paying it yourself," said Paz.
He not only received financial support, he got critical education and guidance from a large support network.
According to Paz, "They teach you to budget your money, they teach you all the things you need to know to be a homeowner."
And now that distant dream of owning a home is no longer out of reach.
He's the proud owner of a two bedroom apartment in Wahiawa.