Local Nurse Realizes American Dream of Homeownership

Local Nurse Realizes American Dream of Homeownership

The Payton family has a new house in Lynwood thanks to Habitat for Humanity and Edison International.

New Magnolia Avenue homeowner, Nikki Payton and her daughters. Credit: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

One of the new Magnolia Avenue homes. Credit: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles

SCE employee, Marian Lafferty helped with roofing on the Payton home.

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Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

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Nikki Payton knows dreams can come true. For years, she lived in substandard living conditions. Most recently, she shared a small, two-bedroom apartment with seven people.

Payton works as a licensed vocational nurse where she helps children suffering from severe emotional issues. As a single mother of three, she dreamed of purchasing a house where her children could feel safe, but was always outbid when she tried to buy a home.

But now, home is where Payton’s new story begins. Recently, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles dedicated a seven-home development on Magnolia Avenue in Lynwood where she was a recipient of a two-story home with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms.

In 2014, Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), provided a grant of $50,000 toward the Lynwood Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative for the Magnolia Avenue project and Family Investment Education Program. Part of this grant went toward the Payton home and nearly 200 Edison International employees volunteered more than 1,300 hours at the Magnolia Avenue site.

Read full story in Edison's Online Newsroom.