City & Government, Springfield

In brief: Springfield housing highlights

Cornerstone Community Housing

A low-income housing development at 1875 16th St. Construction will begin in January and is projected to be completed by the end of 2024 or early 2025. A waitlist for tenants will open approximately 90 days before it’s completed and ready for move-in. There will be 39 affordable housing units — a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units — and is aimed to serve seniors, folks with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and others. The building will be two stories with an elevator, central courtyard, walkways, and will offer resident services.

Homeownership assistance

“The City of Springfield partnered with DevNW in 2023 to help six low-income households attain homeownership in Springfield,” according to Loralyn Spiro, the city’s public information officer. “The City’s SHOP program (Springfield Homeownership Program) leverages federal Community Development Block Grant funds to provide up to $25,000 as a loan to support down payment and related costs of buying a qualified home in Springfield. The loans are interest-free, and repayment is generally not required until the home is sold, refinanced, or transferred.”

Support for Habitat for Humanity

“In 2021, Representative John Lively allocated $1 million in state general funds to address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing, and homelessness in Springfield through Senate Bill 5561. At the direction of Springfield’s council, $300,000 of those funds were awarded to Habitat for Humanity in 2023 to support construction of two homes at Fischer Village: Habitat’s current income-qualified homeownership project in Springfield. When completed, the project will provide homeownership opportunities to 12 families,” Spiro wrote. The City also approved Habitat for Humanity for waivers of system development charges (SDCs) for six of the Fischer Village homes through the SDC Waiver for Affordable Homeownership Program; the approved SDC waivers will save Habitat approximately $10,000 in development fees for each home.

— Amanda Lurey

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