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Habitat for Humanity plans for affordable housing

Posted at 10:46 PM, Mar 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-27 22:46:09-04

Habitat for Humanity wants the city of Cape Coral to defer impact fees for working class families in order to move into habitat homes.

At the Cape Coral city council meeting Monday, Habitat for Humanity argued many people don't have deep enough pockets to live in the Cape.

"Those folks are having difficulty finding decent, affordable homes, and so Habitat for Humanity is just one of the solutions in Lee county to provide housing for those who are working and are just looking for a decent home to raise their family," said Gary Aubuchon, one of the developers who volunteers with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity wants the city to provide some tax friendly benefits to allow the group to build more affordable housing, but city council members had a lot of questions.

"We are just hearing the big, 10,000 foot level overview of potential programs but I would want to know more specifics before i can get behind any specific program," said Jessica Cosden, one of the council members.

A program that Habitat says would defer some taxes so the group could build more homes, but they know they have more convincing to do before that actually happens.

"It was just a discussion, we are going to come back and discuss it again this is not going to go before the city council for a vote yet because there were a lot of great questions. We need to get some data together and further the discussion," said Aubuchon.