Habitat for Humanity to break ground on affordable home in south Fayetteville

Artist rendering of the new Willow Bend development / Courtesy

FAYETTEVILLE — Officials with Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Partners for Better Housing will break ground on a new home at the Willow Bend mixed-income neighborhood, located at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 (postponed until April 6 due to weather) at 233 E. 10th Street.

It’s the first of three new homes the groups will build in 2022 as part of a plan to add affordable housing for low-income residents in the region.

Families who earn between 50-80% of the area median income for Washington County can apply to become a partner family. Once accepted, the families are asked to contribute 300-400 hours of work to help build the home and promote the groups’ mission and vision. Once the home is complete, partner families purchase the home with a 0% interest mortgage for fair market value, according to a press release.

“This partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Washington County and Partners for Better Housing is one solution to attacking the affordable, workforce housing crisis we are experiencing in Northwest Arkansas,” said Brandon Swoboda, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Washington County. “By working together, we can help low-income, hardworking Arkansans build strength, stability and self-reliance through affordable home ownership.”

The public is welcome to attend the event, but an RSVP is required by emailing [email protected]