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January 17, 2007

Ashburn - - Newly elected Ashburn mayor Jim Hedges wants to help people in Ashburn become homeowners. 

He plans to tear down abandoned homes and re-build them for first time home buyers. He says 68 % of people who live in Ashburn earn less than $25,000 a year. So he wants to develop a program to help provide a down payment and closing costs for 30 families.

He says the goal is realistic.  

"I have a piece of property just a block away that a builder told me if I can obtain title to that piece of property he can put 25 homes on there now the real issue is can I find 25 people to take to local banks to get them qualified for these loans," says Mayor Jim Hedges.

At Thursday's Ashburn City Council Meeting, Hedges will ask the city to approve $50,000 toward the cost of buying old abandoned homes.

He says people have already expressed interest in the home buyer program.

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