First Home continues work to create more affordable homes in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — A Rochester company aims to bring even more affordable housing to the Rochester area. Right now that focus is on building townhomes for low income families.

First Homes, an initiative of the Rochester Area Foundation received a grant, from the Minnesota Housing Authority, of 1.75 million dollars to build these “workforce priced” townhomes.

The groundbreaking for the “Villas of Valleyside” was supposed to happen on Thursday, but severe weather had other plans, forcing First Homes to cancel their event.

Construction will still start this week, as crews work to build the 12 townhomes. President of the Rochester Area Foundation and First Homes, Jennifer Woodford, told KTTC that the scarcity of affordable housing for families in Rochester is an ongoing problem.

“There’s no place for them to live, rent is very high in a lot of our apartments. The homes, we have such few homes for sale. We’re really excited at First Homes to be able to continue working on this issue with these 12 new homes,” explained Woodford.

She continued to say these homes are expected to be completed by Spring of 2020.

Villas of Valleyside, Rochester
Holden Krusemark

Holden Krusemark

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