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City of Hillsboro partners with Habitat for Humanity to construct 10 new workforce housing units

June 17, 2024

Hillsboro, Wis. – The City of Hillsboro is thrilled to announce a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater La Crosse Area to build 10 new affordable workforce housing units within city limits.

According to Hillsboro City Administrator Josh Finch this initiative is designed to address the critical need for affordable housing, supporting economic development, and enhancing the quality of life for Hillsboro’s residents. With this partnership, Habitat for Humanity will utilize its expertise in building high-quality, affordable homes to construct these 10 new units. The homes will cater to the needs of the local community workforce, ensuring that those who contribute to the city’s growth and development have access to affordable, stable housing.

Mayor Kubarski of Hillsboro expressed enthusiasm about the project: “We are excited about this partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This project demonstrates our commitment to providing affordable housing solutions for our workforce, which is essential for the continued success and well-being of our great community. By working together, we are taking a significant step toward ensuring that Hillsboro remains a vibrant place to live.”

City Administrator Finch added, “This initiative is not just about building houses; it’s about building a stronger community. Affordable housing is a cornerstone of economic stability, and these new units will provide much-needed relief to many families in and around our community. We are grateful to Habitat for Humanity for their collaboration and dedication to this cause.”

The construction of the new housing units is set to begin in July 2024 with an anticipated completion by spring 2026. The project will offer several unique opportunities for community involvement. Habitat for Humanity’s model of engaging community volunteers not only helps to reduce construction costs but also foster s a sense of community and shared purpose.

You can view the full Habitat presentation on the project here. That presentation states that Habitat will create a mortgage package for each homeowner ensuring they pay no more than 30% of their gross income on their house payment.

Kahya Fox Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Greater La Crosse Area

“We are honored to partner with the City of Hillsboro on this vital project,” said Kahya Fox Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Greater La Crosse Area. “Our mission is to bring people together to not just build homes, but also communities and hope. By constructing these affordable workforce housing units, we are helping to ensure that more people in Hillsboro have a safe, affordable place to call home.”

Steve O’Malley, a board member of Habitat for Humanity Greater La Crosse Area, shared, “This partnership exemplifies the power of community collaboration. We believe that everyone deserves a decent place to live, and by working with the City of Hillsboro, we can make this vision a reality for many deserving families. We are excited to see the positive impact this project will have on the community.”

The new housing units will be available to qualifying low-to-moderate income families and individuals who are currently employed in and around the Hillsboro area. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance the city’s housing stock, promote economic stability, and support the local workforce.

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