There is an open house Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Park Place Subdivision, located at 600 West 100 North in Smithfield. The seven new homes are part of Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation’s Mutual Self-Help Housing program where those purchasing the home help build the homes by working at least 35 hours a week on the construction.Executive director Kim Datwyler says there are other mutual self-help housing subdivisions in Nibley, Brigham City and Corrinne. In all, Neighborhood Nonprofit Housing Corporation has built 236 self-help homes to date.Although funding is available this year for the program, Datwyler said it’s eliminated from the federal budget next year, something she said is very short-sighted.”We’re all for balancing the budget. We’d like to see equal sharing and maybe getting rid of some of those programs that aren’t as essential,” Datwyler said. “One of the things that has been disturbing in this is the USDA’s cutting the only affordable home ownership program. Not only that, but the best and longest track record of performing well. We have a foreclosure rate in Utah of less than 1 percent. Nationally it’s 4 percent.”Datwyler said home ownership is known to be the most significant stabilizer in a community. She said hopefully those who support affordable housing will do what they can to keep the program funded in the future.
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