We know that concentrating affordable housing ends up with ghettos, but that means that other areas have to carry their fair share of affordable housing. As Habitat expands this new model, it becomes a little more feasible:
In affluent Atlanta suburbs such as east Cobb and north Fulton, finding suitable, foreclosed homes for renovation remains difficult. Even in foreclosure, single-family properties may be priced above the $90,000 to $140,000 range considered Habitat-affordable.There are obviously more policy changes we need to see to increase affordable housing across the metro area, and I'll try and have a post on that eventually. I'm not that much of a policy wonk that I wouldn't need to do a bit more research on the topic, but it starts with things like inclusionary zoning.
And many are two to three times larger than a Habitat house’s typical 1,200 to 1,500 square feet, leaders say.
But even in these pricier neighborhoods, chapters hope to turn some older houses quickly, and relatively inexpensively. They are fielding more calls from sellers — including homeowners on the cusp of foreclosure — and developers eager to unload some of their unfinished lots.
If the pattern continues, advocates say more spots in higher-end communities could open to modest-income earners.