Hometown Housing creates opportunities

This year, East Lansing’s housing assistance department went independent.

East Lansing Housing and Neighborhood Services, formerly a part of the City of East Lansing, is now Hometown Housing, a non-profit organization for homeownership assistance.

Executive Director Michelle Reardon said that Hometown Housing’s goal is to bridge the gap between what people can afford and what homes actually cost in East Lansing.

They do this through several programs, all featured on their Web site. Among these programs is the Homeownership Opportunity Assistance Program, which provides money to help with down payments and rehabilitation of homes. Another program, called the Employer Homeownership Opportunity Program, provides funds for employees of MSU and the City of East Lansing who want to live in the neighborhoods outlined in this map.

Hometown Housing also constructs affordable new housing. The 1,600 square-foot house at 1237 Wolf Court is a recent project, completed in March 2009.

photo courtesy of hometownhousing.org

photo courtesy of hometownhousing.org

Hometown Housing plans to build two more homes on Wolf Court. In addition, the Avondale Square project is a series of condominiums and single-family homes located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Burcham in East Lansing.

Julie Mianecki

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