Wendi Goodlett, center, helps her daughter, Baileigh Goodlett, and Colleen Mentz, far right, a construction manager with Habitat Metro Denver, build a staircase as Andrew Warner, a site supervisor, left, prepares another piece of siding for installation during the the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Women Build Week in Bloomington. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)
Wendi Goodlett, center, helps her daughter, Baileigh Goodlett, and Colleen Mentz, far right, a construction manager with Habitat Metro Denver, build a staircase as Andrew Warner, a site supervisor, left, prepares another piece of siding for installation during the the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Women Build Week in Bloomington. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County announced Wednesday its plans to partner with the city and private donors on a 50-family neighborhood on Bloomington’s southwest side.

The community, named Osage Place for the Osage orange trees that line the property, is scheduled to be built on 8 acres west of South Rockport Road, where West Guy Avenue, West Duncan and West Chambers drives dead-end.

Wednesday’s announcement took place in Habitat’s Trail View neighborhood, the most recently established neighborhood of Bloomington’s Habitat communities. Around 26 families call Trail View home, and the neighborhood is close to finishing the last of its builds.

Osage Place will provide housing for nearly twice as many residents, and the partnerships made along the way could lead to more.

Habitat plans to house families earning 25 to 80 percent of the area median income in Osage Place. For individuals, that means they must make roughly $12,125 to $38,960 a year to qualify. Area median income limits for a family of four require their total income be roughly $17,375 to $55,600 per year. Applicants are also required to meet other standards set by Habitat, such as qualifying for a mortgage.

“We have nearly 20 families currently in our program, and they deserve a decent place to live today,” Wendi Goodlett, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, said at Wednesday’s news conference.

Goodlett said Habitat’s local volunteers give 12,000 hours of their time each year, private donors give well over $1 million annually, and Habitat homeowners’ mortgages contribute more than $500,000 to help sustain the organization year after year.

Mayor John Hamilton said Habitat’s formula is a winning one, and that Osage Place’s location is also a winning location. It will be a few blocks from the B-Line Trail and on Bloomington Transit’s 2 Route, with several parks established or soon-to-be established nearby.

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