By Tim Kowols
Door County Habitat for Humanity is hopeful it is doing its part to help families find affordable housing in the area. Multi-family housing developments planned for Sturgeon Bay expect to help alleviate the stress of a rental vacancy rate of around three percent. However, many of those new units still may be too expensive for low to middle-class residents. Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke says the organization is helping improve the affordable housing stock, but there is pressure if those homes ever go back onto the market.
Door County Habitat for Humanity sells the home they help build to the partner family and becomes the lender for the property. Of the 27 mortgages the organization currently services, Van Dyke says only a couple partner families fall behind on paying them back.