Jackson to build affordable low income housing near downtown

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JACKSON, MI (WILX) -- The city of Jackson is cutting a big check to help bring affordable housing to a low-income neighborhood, and it's all about promoting home ownership.

A few empty lots in Jackson's Partnership Park will soon be the home of a $2.5 million project.

"There's gonna be 14 homes. Ten of those are going to be town-homes and then four of them are going to be single family homes," Aaron Dimick, Jackson's public information officer, said.

Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with the City of Jackson and the Community Action Agency to bring safe and affordable housing just south of downtown.

"The 100 Block of West Franklin and the 100 block of Mason so it's all going to be in the same area all these are vacant lots right now that used to have homes on them," Dimick said.

Local youth will also participate in the development through a program to employ 16 to 24-year-olds interested in skilled trades in the construction industry.

"In the City of Jackson, we've spent the past five years taking down unsafe or dilapidated housing and now we're building the city up again so it's really exciting," Dimick said.

The project is aimed to give low-to-moderate-income families access to home-ownership.

"This is really more of a habitat for humanity project but the city is helping with providing the land, giving whatever assistance we can, the city is also contributing 600-thousand dollars in uh some of our federal funds to one of the town-home buildings," Dimick said.

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