Habitat for Humanity is set to build affordable housing in Samoset

Affordable housing coming to Manatee County

SAMOSET (WWSB) -More affordable housing is headed to Manatee County, this time in West Samoset. Habitat for Humanity is currently working on a 16-home community.

The homes are expected to be three bedroom and around 1,100 square feet. The property the homes will be built on used to be a tomato farm and the land was donated to help create more affordable housing in the area.

The homes are expected to be between $160,000 and $165,000 and go to people who haven’t been able to acquire a mortgage. The homeowners will work with Habitat for Humanity through their home buyer program.

"It requires that they work sweat equity hours to help build their home and the home of their neighbors. They're going to be taking home education classes, they're building an escrow account so that by the time they have finished all of those requirements, they're eligible for a low interest loan from habitat," said Manatee Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, Diana Shoemaker.

Shoemaker said there is about 400 people on the wait list for their affordable housing.

The Samoset homes are still in the development stages, but the building process should begin by the end of next year.

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