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Lunch With A Leader Speaker Andrew Harnden Discusses County Council's Priority Goal For Housing

on March 4, 2018 - 12:59pm
County Housing & Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos County Housing and Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden spoke at the recent League of Women Voter’s monthly Lunch with a Leader event.
He clarified that the County Council's priority goal for housing is to support the development of affordable workforce housing, and another goal is to promote the creation of a variety of housing options for all segments of the Los Alamos Community. There is a proposed project for 70 affordable rental apartment units on DP Road, which is conditional to the developer obtaining financing and County issuing a development approval.
The County is exploring other potential strategies for affordable housing development on County land or land to be obtained by another agency, Harnden said.
Harndan explained that the County has two housing programs for Income-qualified households - 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI) or below. One is the Home Renewal Program whose goal is to  increase comfort, liveability and safety for residents. Another program is the Homebuyer Assistance Program that is designed to help overcome barriers to home ownership by providing a loan for a down payment.