Although city officials haven't made a decision on what will be placed on the Carver High School property, the possible impact of Habitat for Humanity homes on the site still has city leaders and community activists’ at odds.
While most commissioners favor placing 16 new habitat homes on the Lake Street property, community activists are questioning whether the houses will decrease the property value of nearby homes.
City Commissioner James Reading says county statistics show that habitat homes actually increase surrounding property values.
But, activist Ed Vaughn says the findings are incorrect.
Reading declined to talk to us on camera, and would only say it's "a hot political issue."
The commission is expected to reach a decision next Tuesday.
If approved, it will be the first sub-division habitat has built nationwide.
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Habitat for Humanity
- Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization.
- Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 100,000 houses in more than 60 countries, including some 30,000 houses across the United States.
- Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner families.
- Habitat houses are purchased by the homeowner families.
- Three factors make Habitat houses affordable to low-income people worldwide:
- Houses are sold at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage.
- Homeowners and volunteers build the houses under trained supervision.
- Individuals, corporations, faith groups, and others provide financial support.
- Homeowner families are chosen:
- according to their need
- their ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest mortgage
- their willingness to work in partnership with Habitat.
- Habitat for Humanity does not discriminate according to race, religion or ethnic group.
- Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and the monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, "sweat equity", into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.
- A Habitat house could cost varies throughout the world, from as little as $800 in some developing countries to an average of $46,600 in the United States.
Source: http://www.habitat.org/ (The Habitat for Humanity International Web site)