Story County Community Housing Corporation (SCCHC) - A Community Land Trust - is a county-wide, community-based, non-profit corporation working to create and maintain affordable rental and family-owned housing.
If you would like more information about the SCCHC, or if you would like to learn how you can support our work, please call (515) 292-3676. Ideas are also offered here and throughout our website.
At our Annual meeting, April 20, a presentation was made on our latest development project at the corner of S. 3rd and S. Kellogg. A 4-plex will be built on the site with the help of the Building Trades Classes from DMACC and Hunziker Academy.
Chuck Abbott, building supervisor for our organization as well as Habitat, will oversee the build. Alan Christy, long-time Ames developer, has provided his advice and assistance, as well. We plan to begin this project in Fall of 2013. See schematics for the plan here and a model of how it will look here.
Funding for the project will include grants, proceeds from the sale of the house at 1120 Curtiss, churches and individual donations. We hope you will contribute to this special project which will include an apartment for wheelchair bound individuals.
Why work for affordable housing ???
Vic Moss, director of the homeless shelter--the Emergency Residence Project, in Ames at 225 S. Kellogg, showed the paper applications of about 750 families who applied for assistance last year. When working poor families spend 60 to 70% of their monthly income on rent, there is $200 left for them to live on. The best budgeter among us can't make that work!
That is why SCCHC continues to work to create affordable housing. In 1992, a housing needs assessment identified the need for 2,000 of these units. Habitat and SCCHC have built about 50 since that time. Affordable housing is critical to these families and their children.
As a community-based organization, we want and need your support and input. Our SCCHC meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in the Collegiate United Methodist Annex, Room 202 at 130 S. Sheldon, Ames. Please feel free to attend.
If you'd like to become a member, there is a form located here. Thank you for supporting community-based, affordable housing initiatives in Ames and Story County.