Habitat Will Purchase Mobile Home Park

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

May 2, 2006

Habitat for Humanities of Greater Charlottesville announced Tuesday that they plan to purchase the Southwood Mobile Home Estates in Albemarle County.

Habitat wants to transform it into a mixed income neighborhood that will include affordable housing for the current residents. Habitat officials said they want residents to be able to stay in a community that is affordable.

"We want to prove that it is possible to redevelop a trailer park and not displace people, to include them in the new mixed income community," said Overton McGehee, the Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanities of Greater Charlottesville.

Habitat officials said the next step is to raise one million dollars over the next six months for the down payment.

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