Condos for Humanity

Amid the economic recession, Habitat for Humanity is transitioning from the construction of single-family homes to more affordable condominiums.

Other housing groups are also getting into the condo market.

"Madison Ridge is the second condo project for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia; its first, Westbrook Forest, is a 12-unit building next door that was completed in 2007. There's a third planned for southern Arlington County.

'If we had our choice, we would be building single-family [houses] on infill lots,' said Karen Cleveland, executive director of the Northern Virginia group. It's simpler, she said. Condos are more difficult to construct and manage, but the group can't afford single-family houses, she said.

Habitat chapters in other high-cost areas including San Francisco, Boston and San Diego have also built condos."

Full Story: A hand up, together: Housing charities use condos to boost urban homeownership

Comments

Comments

Mixed options a good plan

While I'm not a personal fan of condos, I thinks it's good for Habitat for Humanity to build a wide range of options, for varied income and marital status levels.

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