City of College Station gives Habitat for Humanity federal funds to continue to build

COLLEGE STATION, Tex/ (KBTX) -- The rising cost of land in College Station is making it difficult for a local organization to help struggling families find affordable housing, but the City of College Station has found a way to help Habitat for Humanity continue to build.

In nearly 30 years of serving Bryan-College Station, Habitat for Humanity has built almost 300 homes.

"Everyone deserves a decent home and it's just critical for the lifeblood of the community," said the Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity, Carl Orozco.

However, the rising cost of land in College Station is making it more and more difficult for Habitat to help build solid foundations for families.

"We're competing against other developers, other people who are builders who are doing it for a living, so it would make it almost impossible because they price us right out of the market," Orozco said.

Orozco said they're right behind big cities like Houston, Austin, and San Antonio when it comes to the number of homes they build.

"On average, we're in the top five, top six as far as Habitat affiliates here," Orozco added.

But higher land prices means higher taxes, and that also rolls into the mortgages families living inside those homes have to pay.

"They're the only ones that are building for the market that's 60 percent or less of the area median income," said Debbie Eller, the City of College Station’s Director of Community Services.

Recently, the City of College Station awarded Habitat federal funds of $240-thousand to help them build three new homes on Carolina St.

"We have families that are working hard, they're saving money, but they just can't quite get to the point, without habitat's assistance, to be able to own their own home," Eller said.

Habitat for Humanity says the money will allow them to keep building and expand even further into the community.

"It's about building hope, building community, and giving back, and investing. Give where you live," Orozco said.

Some of those funds will also go towards building eight more homes in the Renee Lane subdivision. Those are expected to be complete sometime next year.