Truro Selectmen Give Go-Ahead To Habitat for Humanity Project

ThinkstockPhotos-482272874TRURO – Truro Selectmen have given the green light to Habitat for Humanity to seek permits for a housing development.

The project would be located on over an acre of land on Route 6.

Conservation land is located south of the parcel and land held by the Truro Conservation to the east.

Habitat currently has two homes in Truro, three more on the drawing board on Old Kings Highway and if approved, the two homes in development would make seven in the town.

Habitat Executive Director Victoria Goldsmith said that her organization works well with the town.

“We and the town have found each other to be great partners, so if they create the conditions for us and get us to a certain point, then Habitat, with our program, can bring in the rest of the funding for construction. We can find them qualified owners and we can build the house,” said Goldsmith.

Applicants for the Habitat Homes need to earn less than 65 percent of the Barnstable County median income, which currently for a family of four is $53,235.

The homes will cost around $141,000, plus sweat equity on the part of the homeowner.

Goldsmith said she is happy to see more Habitat housing projects coming to fruition.

“It’s a great opportunity to provide more affordable homes that will be affordable in perpetuity, so that people who work here can afford to live here and stay here,” said Goldsmith.

If the project receives state approval as a Local Initiative Program, then plans will be brought to the Zoning Board of Appeals and public hearings will be held.

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