Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County recently announced that, thanks to the generosity of the Rutland Housing Authority (RHA), that Habitat will be building its next home on Hickory St. in Rutland. Hickory Street is a mixed-income development with 78 apartments for individuals/families in 14 buildings on seven acres on the site of the old Forest Park public housing project.
Kevin Loso, executive director of the RHA, said that given the RHA mission to provide low and moderate income housing, the donation to Habitat was a “match made in Heaven.” The final .43 acre lot is suitable for three single-family homes, which Habitat will build.
Loso, who was instrumental in arranging the transfer of the lot from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, and in spite of the laborious process, said, “We made it happen.” He is excited to have Habitat complete the Hickory St. streetscape and expects to work with Habitat in potentially providing homeowner candidates for the houses to be built.
Eric Solsaa, Habitat board president, said, “We are very grateful to the Rutland Housing Authority and Kevin Loso, RHA executive director, for donating the land to us. This is a tremendous contribution making more affordable and energy efficient housing available to Rutland County residents. We know living on Hickory Street and being part of the RHA community will be a wonderful experience for our next homeowners. We expect to introduce the family that will live in the first house by the end of July. We welcome applications for the next homes.”
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