Rising Land Prices Force Changes For Habitat

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 11, 2007

When the Sacramento chapter of Habitat for Humanity began 22-years ago, nearly all of the land they built on was donated. Ken Cross, who heads the local Habitat says not anymore.    

"Those lots that used to be donated to us today are selling for $50,000 - $100,000 so there’s a real dilemma today as far as land availability."

Cross says one solution they’ve come up with is to partner with developers. Under Sacramento County’s affordable housing ordinance, developers are required to make 15% of their new housing affordable for low-income residents. 

"So what we’re trying to do here locally is work with the for-profit builders where they can do their market rate, we can do the affordable portion of it and build out that percentage that needs to be affordable." 

Cross says another way they plan to deal with rising land prices is instead of building a home here and there, build a multi-home development, similar to tract housing.