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First Homes and Rochester Area Foundation bring more affordable housing to Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

The lack of affordable housing in the Rochester area continues to be a real challenge, but some local groups, like First Homes and the Rochester Area Foundation, are working to change that.

They celebrated the start of construction on three work-force priced houses in southeast Rochester Tuesday morning at the Garden Court.

Three income-qualified families looking for a home within their price range would be able to buy a brand new home for under $200,000.

"I think it's becoming really well known in our community, we have a pretty severe affordable housing crisis that we are facing," said Rochester Area Foundation President Jennifer Woodford.

We took s tour of a unit slightly further along in construction that gives a bit of an idea of what the houses would look like.

"The homes are being built to blend in to this wonderful community her, the Gardens community. They will be 3 bedroom homes, they will be stick built, slab-on -grade so they will be constructed right here on site, and they'll blend in perfectly with this community," said Woodford.

In a neighborhood where there are already many other families, close to retail and downtown, for working families it is a good place. Not to mention affordable.

"What we know is that our community needs homes in this range. A hundred and eighty-five thousand dollars, $190,000, under $200,000 because that's where homes can go for families that aren't making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year; families that are working so hard just to make ends meet," said Woodford. "These are the homes that we need for those families."

Woodford said they hope this is a demonstration project that would show other builders and developers that there is a market for a home under $200,000.

She said if the weather cooperates, the houses will be finished in March and April.

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