Florida Home Partnership Diversifies Its Affordable Homeownership Options

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Agency partners with Hillsborough County to revitalize blighted townhomes and vacated lot.

Alexander Woods Townhomes, Plant City, FL

This project will create about $8 million worth of economic activity for Plant City and Hillsborough County.

Accustomed to building single family affordable homes through the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, Florida Home Partnership (FHP), a nonprofit community development agency, is expanding its operation to include affordable townhomes. Working with Hillsborough County Affordable Housing Services, the agency will complete 80 townhomes that were left abandon for over several years in Plant City, Florida. Through Hillsborough County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), the agency won the bid to complete the project known as the Alexander Woods Townhomes.

In addition to the 80 townhomes (of which 14 two and three bedroom homes are currently completed and market-ready), the gated community includes plans for a clubhouse, swimming pool, picnic area and playground. The units will range from range from $88,000 to $90,000 for two and three-bedroom units.

A plus for Plant City, Earl A. Pfeiffer, Florida Home Partnership executive director, commented, "This project will create about $8 million worth of economic activity for Plant City and Hillsborough County.” In addition, homebuyers may be eligible for down payment assistance offered through Hillsborough County.

Alexander Woods Townhomes are located at South Maki Road in Plant City, FL 33563. A furnished model home is open to the public, Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-6pm. No appointment is necessary. For inquiries, call Nancy Griffin, FHP Community Development Manager and Realtor, at 813.704.6880 or email her at nancy(at)flhome(dot)org.

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About the Florida Home Partnership

Florida Home Partnership (FHP) is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) that offers affordable homeownership opportunities to low and moderate-income first-time homebuyers. Utilizing the USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program (SHOP), the government program began over 40 years ago, and mirrors the "barn raisings" of the Quakers with neighbors helping neighbors to build their homes together. FHP also receives funding from the Housing Assistance Council (HAC), County and State programs. FHP provides participants with guidance and tools. No construction experience is necessary. This program is ideal for families with limited income who desire homeownership in rural communities. For more information about the program, call 813-672-7860 or visit http://www.flhome.org, friend us at - http://www.facebook.com/Floridahome, follow us at - @flhome1.

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