Williamson County Habitat for Humanity Moves Ahead with Affordable Townhouse Community

Habitat for Humanity Williamson County continues to make progress on an affordable townhouse community in southeast Georgetown.

In 2020, the nonprofit housing association purchased a one-acre lot between 21st and 22nd streets to build a 12-townhouse community known as Shepherd’s Village. Shepherd’s Village is the first condominium neighborhood built by the HFHWC, said general manager Debbie Hoffman.

“For this development, we are going to ensure that…the land will be owned by Habitat for the foreseeable future, if not forever, and that…if families want to sell and move elsewhere, these homes would be sold to other qualified families in need of affordable housing,” Hoffman said.

While the HFHWC builds affordable homes, Hoffman said affordability is lost once they’re sold on the open market.

“It’s a little different for us, but it really addresses the long-term need for affordable properties here,” Hoffman said. Shepherd’s Village will include 10 two-story and two single-story homes with two to three bedrooms. All homes will come with a single garage, fenced back yard and driveway.

The entire development is expected to take three to four years and cost between $2.5 million and $3 million, said Nicole Vommaro, HFHWC’s director of development and marketing. In February, the HFHWC began fundraising to build three foundations for the first six houses with a goal of raising $200,000 by June 30. As of June 24, the group has raised about $165,500, with two $20,000 grants from the women’s philanthropy group Georgetown Seeds of Strength and Texas Capital Bank, and about $125,000 in individual donations, Vommaro said.

“We are very, very grateful to our donors and supporters who have been involved in this project,” Hoffman said. “We can’t do this without a literal community.”

After Georgetown installs water and sewage lines later this year, HFHWC plans to begin the first six foundations in the spring of 2023. Licensed contractors will carry out engineering, electrical and plumbing, while volunteers will help with framing, painting and interiors of homes, Vommaro said.

In September, the HFHWC will hold its first information meeting for potential owners. Eligible households must earn between 60% and 80% of area median income, have lived or worked in Williamson County for at least one year, and be willing to volunteer 300 to 500 hours.

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