City Leaders Discuss Plans to Expand Affordable Housing
February 15, 2023
New affordable housing could be on its way to Columbia. City leaders are planning to build on existing resources to provide cheaper places for individuals to live.
The community development committee is looking at taking up vacant properties which were once owned by the city and turning them into spaces where affordable housing units would go.
It’ll be a good impact on the community and, plus it’ll put a lot of people in stable homes,” said Quinton Meyers.
Quinton Meyers lives in the Booker Washington Heights community. The single father of five is hoping more affordable housing comes sooner rather than later.
The plan would be a collaborative effort between the city and corporations that own vacant properties in areas like Booker Washington Heights, Belmont, and King Street communities.
“We’re working with development corporations, which are arms with the city, but they are separate from the city as well,” said Assistant City Manager Missy Gentry. “But we’re working with them to encourage new and owner-occupied units predominantly but some maybe rental to go on the vacant properties that have been owned by the city for years,” she added.
There are seven targeted areas where the community development committee is looking to have affordable housing. Gentry says this wouldn’t cost the city any money because private developers would handle all the costs of building.
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