Affordable housing

The Northwest Village, constructed in 2006, includes 29 affordable homes

Tucker Heights, a new subdivision with seven affordable homes, is coming soon to the corner of Tucker Avenue and Byrd Street. 

The city of Auburn is partnering with the nonprofit North Auburn Housing Development Corporation (NAHDC) to build Auburn’s second affordable housing subdivision for low- to moderate-income families. Each home will have three bedrooms, two baths and comparable lot sizes to other homes in the area. Construction is expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2019. 

To apply for one of these homes, applicants must:

  • Meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) income limits
  • Complete an application
  • Attend housing counseling
  • Secure financing for at least 80 percent of the home’s sales price
  • Have a $500 minimum down payment
  • Have reasonably good credit with no outstanding federal debt

Those interested in applying for a home can fill out an application at the Community Development Department’s office located at 400 Boykin St. Contact Community Services at (334) 501-7277 or communityservices@auburnalabama.org for more information. 

Over the years , the city has built 143 new homes for first-time homeowners, including the 29 homes in the Northwest Village subdivision that were constructed in 2006.

Alongside new construction, the city dedicates resources from the Community Development Block Grant to housing rehabilitation; emergency shelter for the homeless; utility, rental and mortgage assistance; and down-payment and closing-cost assistance for homebuyers. Each year, the Community Services Department gauges what the highest needs are in the community by gathering public input and evaluating housing then allocates the CDBG funds it receives to help make a difference.

Over the last three years, the city completed 11 housing habilitation projects and provided homeless assistance for 132 people using CDBG funds. Funds were also invested in programs like the Boys and Girls Club and the Food Bank of East Alabama, directly impacting 1,918 youth, 1,145 seniors and 815 families in the Auburn community. A total of $1.47 million was invested in programs and services to benefit low- to moderate-income families over the last three years.

Have input you’d like to share on what areas of the community should be supported through the 2019 CDBG funds? The Community Development Department invites your input at the 2019 action plan meetings, which will be announced through the city’s website at auburnalabama.org and through eNotifier, the city’s email and text notification system. Sign up to receive announcements at auburnalabama.org/eNotifier

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