Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Find out how the city is teaming up with a nonprofit for affordable housing

NEWPORT NEWS — Local families will have a chance to move into a new home courtesy of the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity.

At the city’s June 12 council meeting, three city-owned vacant lots on Madison Avenue were conveyed to the Newport News Redevelopment and Housing Authority, who will transfer the properties to Habitat for Humanity.

“We are so pleased with our partnership with the city of Newport News and the Newport News Redevelopment Housing Authority,” said Janet Green, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg region.

The homes that will be built on the lots will be part of the nonprofit organization’s First-Time Homebuyer Program and support the city’s ongoing efforts to encourage single-family development within the Southeast Community, Green said.

The organization relies on building partnerships, volunteer labor, donated materials to build homes for families with an income between 45-80 percent of the area median income. The families buy the homes with a no interest and 20- to 30-year mortgage.

The 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will be energy efficient, Green said.

Green said the next step in the process will be working with the city planning commission to get the housing design plan approved.

Habitat for Humanity has built 17 homes along the Peninsula for families since last July.

Construction will begin on the homes in 2019, Green said. The organization will begin accepting applicants for the homes in August.

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