Mayor Turner: Houston Wants To Build ‘Thousands’ Of Affordable Homes

Turner cut the ribbon for six affordable houses in Acres Homes


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The city of Houston is making inroads into solving its affordable housing crisis.

On Monday, Mayor Sylvester Turner cut the ribbon for six new houses in his own neighborhood: Acres Homes.

The new homes on Sunnyhill Street range from $105,00 for a one-bath, two-bedroom to $150,000 for a two-bath, four-bedroom.

Mayor Turner lives only a few blocks away.

"The plan is to literally build thousands of single-family homes throughout the city of Houston in record-breaking time," he said.

The developer for these homes is Zack Burghli. He has partnered with the city for affordable housing since Bill White was mayor.

Burghli has 27 lots on Sunnyhill Street, 12 of them are already sold.

He said the homes are targeted for not just very low income people.

"There's nothing that would stop you from buying this house,” Burghli said. “You do not have to be at any given, certain income level."

He said keeping the prices low is a collective effort by the city, lenders and by building in an efficient way.

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Florian Martin

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