Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is accepting applications until Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. for some of the first openings in Weavers Grove, a new mixed-income housing development.
Located off Sunrise Road, the community will have 237 residential units, with 101 homes built by Habitat. Garman Homes and White Oak Properties, Inc. will build the remaining homes and condominiums, according to Laine Staton, vice president of homeowner services at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County.
Weavers Grove will also include a community center, community garden, playground, splash pad, dog park, pavilion gathering place, coffee shop and basketball court.
“I think being able to have places where you can bring people together,” Staton said. “I think there's really an advantage to that because when we learn, and we care about the people that we're living with, we also have a safer community.”
In this application cycle, about 200 people have applied to be eligible to purchase one of six homes that will be ready to purchase this spring, Staton said.
Since Habitat will only be able to build about 20 homes a year, it intends to offer 10 homes for application every six months, she said.
For Weavers Grove, Habitat provides housing loans to people earning between $30,000 and $80,000 approximately. This range can vary depending on a household’s size, Staton said.
“We're looking very deliberate about how to develop a diverse community — both high-income, low-income families — and how to develop an identity and build trust with the rest of this development,” she said.
Habitat says on its website that Weavers Grove will provide community benefits, including business attraction, economic growth, increased community engagement and reduced healthcare costs.