Amarillo approves HOME grant funding to build affordable housing

Amarillo approves HOME grant funding to build affordable housing
As the population of Amarillo continues to grow, the city says it's working to add more affordable housing options for Amarillo residents. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As the population of Amarillo continues to grow, the city says it’s working to add more affordable housing options for Amarillo residents.

Through HUD, the City of Amarillo has decided to award a portion of its HOME grant to a contractor who will build affordable housing in areas throughout the city.

“The HOME grant is actually trying to promote housing throughout the City of Amarillo so that people of moderate and low income have as much choice as possible,” said Juliana Kitten, Community Development Director for the City of Amarillo.

Amarillo approves HOME grant funding to build affordable housing

These locations will be on NE 12th, NE 15th, N. Prospect, SE 5th, N. Cleveland, N. Hayes, and S. Roberts.

“There’s different locations so that’s going to provide more choice for people of low and moderate income so that’s a great thing,” said Kitten. “Providing as much choice as possible is something we always want to do.”

The over $500,000 grant allows for 21 rental units composed of 5 new single family units and 8 new duplex units, with each unit providing 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

“Glenwood, we’re having three duplexes there, The Mirrors Edition, two duplexes, Holland two duplexes, San Jacinto is one single family,” said Kitten. “East Amarillo is four single families and Morningside is one duplex.”

The Salvation Army receives an Emergency Solutions Grant through HUD to help people who are on the verge of eviction and is behind more affordable housing options.

“It’s important that we help those people who are coming in with incomes, especially at the lower scale financially because some of those people are single moms, single dads, who just aren’t able to make ends meet,” said Stephanie Pena, Public Relations Donor Development Director and Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army in Amarillo.

As part of this HOME Grant, the project will be required to stay affordable for a 20 year period and not convert to market rate.

The city says the contractor, Collins Family Properties, has provided quality housing like this before, and believes it’ll be rented out quickly as the need continues to be there.

“We’ve never had an issue when we built these homes, to get them rented,” said Kitten. “There’s absolutely a need there for affordable housing.”

The city says the project will be starting soon and expects these units to be completed within six months.

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