Construction for Housing Land Trust Begins

Construction for Housing Land Trust Begins

A new Affordable Housing Land Trust is being developed in Frederick County, Maryland. The initiative is the first of its kind in the state.
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - A new Affordable Housing Land Trust is being developed in Frederick County, Maryland. The initiative is the first of its kind in the State.

A house in Myersville is the first property being rehabbed as part of the initiative.
 
“It's taking the cost of land out if the factor of owning a home so if you had a $100,000 house and $25,000 was land cost, you'd actually be paying $75,000 for the house,” said Ron Cramer, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County.

The Land Trust is a public-private partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Frederick County Government. The two are working together to buy low priced homes and rehab them for qualified buyers. County Commissioners approved $50,000 dollars in funding to help start the Housing Land Trust.

“It's all about a hand up, not a hand out, so we're finding a better way of doing affordable housing in our community and helping those that are here, be able to afford to stay here and be able to prosper and live in Frederick County,” said Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young.

A family with children is expected to move into the house that will be ready by Thanksgiving. Those working on the project say they’re thankful to be able to help that family have a home to call their own.

“To take a house that was in a state of total disrepair, knowing we're preparing a beautiful home for a deserving family and that we're all working together to accomplish this goal, that is clearly the American way,” said volunteer Anthony Owens of Anthony Owens Repairs and Remodeling.

The Land Trust initiative will repair foreclosed or abandoned houses, helping to revitalize neighborhoods in the county, while helping others find an affordable way to become a homeowner.

Habitat says they hope to make nearly 25 homes available through the project, for qualified buyers. To qualify you must live or work in Frederick County, and meet the earning requirements. For more information about the qualifications, you can contact the Frederick County Department of Housing.

 



 



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