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Affordable Housing in Bluffton Gets Boost

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The town of Bluffton's budget for next year is finalized, tripling the amount of funding for affordable housing projects.
Now, more modular homes like those on Wharf Street may soon be popping-up all over Bluffton, thanks to a $150-thousand dollar budget for the affordable housing committee next year.
The committee will use the money to help move housing initiatives forward.

"It's a great thing for Bluffton to say, we aren't just going to meet about affordable housing, we're going to make some things happen. as we look around our region, that's what's not going on,as we see. We think that the idea is there but the heart to do it is not there," said chairman, Fred Hamilton.

The town hopes to get folks currently living in mobile homes or first-time home buyers to trade up to one of these homes. The plan is to use the money to educate people about these opportunities and to offer incentives--like cutting permit fees, or helping to lessen water bills.

 "There are many families who feel like all they can afford is mobile homes. Well, these modular homes will meet some of those same price points, and when you compare apples to apples, you may pay a little bit more, but your monthly payment may be a little less," Hamilton said.

Hamilton says the goal is to keep families and a viable workforce in Bluffton. 
 NEWS 3 asked if this was a way for the town to get rid of what some might call eye-sores, he says not at all.
"A mobile home is not a bad thing, it doesn't build equity, and if your really trying to have your "American Dream," you need to have something sustainable for your family, and probably for resale at a later time."

Hamilton says there was a pool of about 70 families for the 6 homes on wharf street so he is confident there will be significant interest this time around as well.

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