Chattanooga to give away land for affordable housing

Chattanooga to give away land for affordable housing

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - The city of Chattanooga has begun a pilot program in which the city will give land to private developers if they agree to build affordable, quality housing.

Mayor Andy Berke says the Affordable Housing Program Pilot will focus on properties that belong to the city because of tax claims but aren't currently being used. He says many properties are vacant or contain dilapidated homes.

Berke told The Chattanooga Times Free Press that the program will benefit the neighborhoods where the properties are located and the city.

Donna Williams, administrator in the city's Economic and Community Development division, says the city owns about 200 vacant lots but not all are suitable for development. She says leaders hope that 25-30 homes are built in the first year of the project.

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