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ESTHER AMES and her three children, Gavin, Jewel and Glory, are enjoying their new home as part of the White Earth program combating homelessness.

UNIQUE HOME OWNERSHIP PROGRAM: White Earth offers a roof overhead

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Esther Ames knows how tough it can be to make ends meet.

A single mother of three, she was living in Naytahwaush pinching pennies just to pay the heating bill in an old, leaky house.

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But that all changed with one phone call.

"It was 4:30 in the afternoon; I was just on my way home from work," said Ames, "and they told me I had been picked."

What Ames had been picked for was the opportunity to move her family into a brand new home.

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