By Amanda Ensinger
At a recent special meeting, residents had several questions for Homes on Hill related to projects they have planned for Prairie Township.
Homes on the Hill Executive Director Stephen Torsell gave a short presentation to the community and took questions from the audience. Among the projects discussed was the Lincoln Green project by Old Village.
“This project is based on vouchers and the central Hilltop area provides leasing options that can be paid over a number of years then they are owned by the leaser,” Torsell said. “This could be a market rate project with no subsidies or requirements, meaning anyone could rent.”
Torsell added that projects like this provide new opportunities for single families, that are not in a place to buy a house or are transient, to eventually own their own property and have permanent housing.
According to its website, Homes on the Hill aims to strengthen neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, advocacy, education and supportive services to individuals and families of primarily low to moderate incomes.
While residents said they support providing homeownership to those in need, they argue that Homes on the Hill homes hurt the community because of how they are cared for.
“These houses are not well-maintained properties, depending on the management,” said Sean Tuttle, township resident.
However, Torsell said has no control over third parties who manage the properties, but that for this new project, they will own and manage it and hope to avoid these issues.
Residents also expressed concerns about traffic, overall safety, and a lack of sidewalks in their plan.
“We will handle these issues as they come up,” Torsell said. “Sidewalks could be added and I’m willing to think of any changes to create more safety. This is a way to invest in the community and we will take all of the concerns into consideration for the project.”
To learn more about proposed Homes on the Hill projects in Prairie Township, visit www.hoth-cdc.org.