The city of Bowling Green is partnering with Habitat for Humanity on a community of affordable homes.
There are already nine homes in Durbin Estates west of downtown Bowling Green. The community is being developed by Habitat for Humanity.
The city has designated $500,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds for infrastructure at Durbin Estates.
Brent Childers is Bowling Green's director of neighborhood and community services. He said affordable housing is a challenge in every market.
"Bowling Green is no different in having challenges in affordable housing to create opportunities for your workforce to afford housing stock in your community," said Childers. "So we felt like this was a good way to partner with an established organization, such as Habitat, to come together and create the opportunity for 22 more new affordable housing units here in Bowling Green.”
He said the current real estate market and population growth in Bowling Green make it even more difficult to become a homeowner.
“There’s not enough volume on the housing market right now to keep up. So things that are out there are selling, so that drives the price up. So if you’re on the lower end of that economic scale that makes it harder to secure an actual home ownership opportunity. And so what this allows us to do is create opportunities that otherwise would not be there.”
Durbin Estates is a “green community” so energy-efficient designs will add to the affordability of home ownership.
The infrastructure project requires an environmental review and once approved, it will take about a year to complete. Construction on the 22 new homes is expected to begin in summer 2019.