Midland Requests Proposals From Nonprofits To Build Affordable Housing

Midland Requests Proposals From Nonprofits To Build Affordable Housing

Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "We've got people that move into Midland and they come seeking job opportunities but unfortunately the housing, it's just not available," said David Diaz, executive director of the Midland Community Development Corporation.
Midland, TX (Local Big 2 News) - "We've got people that move into Midland and they come seeking job opportunities but unfortunately the housing, it's just not available," said David Diaz, executive director of the Midland Community Development Corporation.

Diaz says the City of Midland continues to face a problem with housing shortages.

"We just completed a 96-unit apartment complex in March of this year and as soon as it was completed it was a hundred percent occupied," Diaz said.

To help address the housing shortage, the City of Midland looks to partner with a nonprofit to build affordable housing.

City officials tell me city council members voted to issue a request for proposals from nonprofits, a first for the city .

"It could be a small development of a couple of blocks, maybe 24-residential dwellings, single-family dwellings for purchase," said Sylvester Cantu, community development management manager for the City of Midland.

According to Cantu the city's Community Block Grant Funds will help foot the bill for the low and moderate-income homes.

Cantu says the city can provide the organization with land and infrastructure, such as water, sewer and street paving, with almost half a million dollar available.

$477- thousand dollars of Community Block Grant funds to help in this," Cantu said.

Diaz tells me it will take time before the city can stay ahead of the housing shortage.

"The nonprofits just can't keep up with the demand. There's so much demand that there's only so much that nonprofits can build," Diaz said.

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