Housing on the rise in Columbus – New Mexico News

Algernon D’Ammassa, Headlight Reporter

2:33 p.m. MT June 13, 2017

Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation manages construction of 21 new homes in border village


COLUMBUS – New home construction is not a familiar sight in Columbus, but on one unpaved street, three single-family homes are taking shape with several lots cleared for more. On a June 7 tour of the site, Village of Columbus Mayor Phillip Skinner said, “We haven’t had new housing on the market in a long time. Now we are taking raw desert and turning it into a sub-division.”

The tour was part of a celebration of National Homeownership Month hosted by the Tierra del Sol Housing Corporation at the Los Milagros Hotel, 204 Lima Road. Mayor Skinner personally shuttled visitors up Taft Street to Buena Vista Avenue, where a new fire hydrant marks the corner of the unpaved intersection.

A total of 24 houses are planned, with the first three families moving in to their new homes in September, thanks to a $3 million federal program funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by Tierra del Sol.

These homes are available through the Mutual Self-Help Affordable Housing Program, benefiting low-income applicants with good credit who are willing to help build houses, emulating the “sweat equity” feature of Habitat for Humanity’s homeowner program. Mortgages on these homes are partially subsidized, moving families into sturdy new housing with…

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