Township board supports Habitat build

FLINT TWP. — A newly built house could be coming soon to Calkins Road.

Earlier this month, the Township Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of a Genesee County HOME Program Project proposed by the Genesee County Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) organization. According to the resolution, Genesee County has received funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under Title II of the Cranston – Gonzales National Affordable Housing Act of 1990.

The stated purpose of the HOME Program is to increase the supply of decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for low and moderate income households.

As a HOME Program Project, GCHFH is proposing to build a new home on vacant land on Calkins Road in the Stacey Acres subdivision between Dye and Elms roads. County tax records show that the lot currently has a state equalized value of $6,400. GCHFH is listed as the property owner.

A copy of a Quit Claim Deed was submitted to the township board along with the request for support of the project. The deed was transferred to GCHFH in September for the sum of $1 from a Flint woman and Davison man who were listed as co-owners. GCHFH organizers did not respond to a request for more information about the planned build such as house size or start date.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller suggested that anyone willing help with construction should contact GCHFH to volunteer.

Clerk Kathy Funk said she has worked on previous GCHFH projects and would like to support the effort by providing lunch for the workers or encouraging volunteers to spend a Saturday working on the project when it gets underway.

It is a fun and rewarding experience, she said. GCHFH currently has similar HOME projects underway elsewhere in the county, according to a county planning commission report. That includes rehabilitation of a single-family home in Burton and building four new homes — one each in the City of Fenton, Mt. Morris Township and two in Thetford Township.

The new homes were slated to be sold to eligible low-income homeowners through a zero-interest mortgage and contribution of 250 hours of “sweat equity” to build the house. Those projects are funded with $368,600 under the HOME Program and $211,000 from other sources, according to county planning commission.

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