City of Lakewood and Habitat for Humanity Break Ground for Over 30 New Homes
The City of Lakewood and Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity broke ground in Tillicum to make way for over 30 new homes. The homes will replace dilapidated buildings and vacant lots to provide home ownership opportunities for families making 30-50% of area median income ($21,150--$35,850 for a family of four).
The groundbreaking featured the actual demolition of buildings by City Officials, as one entire dilapidated structure was razed during the ceremony. City Manager Andrew Neiditz said the groundbreaking was “symbolic of the economic transformation that the Tillicum neighborhood is experiencing.”
The project was forged by a close relationship between the City and Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that provides affordable homeownership opportunities to very low-income households throughout Pierce County. Habitat for Humanity has built over 180 units of affordable housing in Pierce County with only one foreclosure in its 26 year history.
Habitat for Humanity has previously built three homes in Lakewood. With the addition of these 30 new homes, Habitat and the City are looking to expand their partnership by eliminating blight and creating much needed homeownership opportunities for the residents of Tillicum.