Shewmake Bill to Support Self-Help Housing Passes Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 14, 2024 Shewmake Bill to Support Self-Help Housing Passes Senate OLYMPIA – More self-help housing could be coming to rural areas. Legislation to support low-income home ownership opportunities in rural areas passed the Senate yesterday. SB 6013 would expand the housing development nonprofit property tax exemption, an exemption used by groups that build low-income housing such as Habitat for Humanity, to cover groups using the self-help development model. Under the self-help model, a collection of low-income households obtains land from a housing non-profit. They then work together, with the support of a nonprofit and a USDA self-help housing grant, to build the homes they will eventually own. “This exemption helps create needed affordable housing and converts unimproved land ...

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