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April 18th, 2014
San Marcos Area Habitat for Humanity buys Victory Gardens property

Last year, San Marcos Area Habitat for Humanity completed its fifth house on about 1⅓ acres on Belvin Street where a dilapidated trailer park had been condemned and demolished by the city. In addition to Belvin, the local nonprofit has built homes in the Westover, Dunbar and Millview East neighborhoods in the last decade. MERCURY PHOTO by BRAD ROLLINS


San Marcos Area Habitat for Humanity will begin construction this spring on the first of two houses in its Victory Gardens affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization program.

On April 14, Habitat San Marcos completed its purchase of a quarter-acre tract on Stillwell Street in the Victory Gardens neighborhood. The all-volunteer, nonprofit organization will demolish an uninhabitable house and replace it with two energy-efficient 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes designed by San Marcos architect Pax Chagnon, a local Habitat board member.

The Stillwell Street property was purchased with $32,939 in federal Community Development Block Grant money allocated to Habitat San Marcos by the San Marcos City Council in 2012.

The first house will be a occupied by Brenda McKinney, a San Marcos resident who has worked for 5½ years for H-E-B Grocery Co. McKinney and her three teenage children will put in 300 hours of “sweat equity” during their home’s construction and make monthly payments on a 20-year, no-interest loan secured by Habitat San Marcos.

The homes are sold at prices drastically below market value because of thousands of labor hours donated during construction under the supervision of San Marcos homebuilder Tom Taber of Vista Homes.

Habitat San Marcos is looking for a partner family for the second Stillwell Street house. Applicants must earn less than 60 percent of the median household income for the region and demonstrate the ability to make monthly payments of about $600.

Habitat for Humanity maximum incomes

To qualify as a partner family for San Marcos Area Habitat for Humanity’s affordable home ownership programs, families can make no more than 60 percent of the median income for the Austin-San Marcos region.
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For information about applying to become a Habitat for Humanity San Marcos partner family, visit San Marcos Area Habitat for Humanity’s website here.

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