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ACCESS and First Story team up on first-time homes in Jackson County

Buying a new home can be a big lift for a lot of us. It's that much harder the first time around, getting the money together to buy a house and start building equity.

The nonprofitFirst Story helps families buy new homes with zero-down, zero-interest loans in several communities in the Northwest.

Medford is now on that list, in a partnership with ACCESS, Jackson County's community action agency. Joe Vollmarr, ACCESS Housing Director, visits with details.

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