SunTimes reports that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC) will soon be providing 3 new modular homes in an affordable housing project made using federal funds for neighborhood stabilization. Each house is about 1,100 square feet and each has a front porch that adds about 150 square feet. The homes feature some “extra touches” such as 9-foot ceilings and crown molding that “make them nicer,” said Myrtle Beach Housing Coordinator Edna Wright. “We’re all so excited about this,” Wright said. A fourth building on the property – which used to be a classroom attached to Friendship House – is being considered for rehabilitation into a house, although Wright said she and others would prefer to see it removed and replaced by a brand-new modular similar the other three new homes now in process. The $433,000 project has been run by the city using money from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The houses are appraised at $85,000. Buyers will have to meet low-income standards, so there will be programs to help them qualify, such as down-payment assistance, through the Housing Authority. The homes should be completed next week so the City Council can tour them on Dec. 13. An public open house will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Some potential applicants have already expressed interest in purchasing one of the homes.
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