Sun Prairie receives more than $2M to build affordable housing

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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — Sun Prairie has been awarded more than $2 million from the Wisconsin Department of Administration to build 10 affordable single-family homes in the city.

In a news release this week, the city said it will partner with Habitat for Humanity of Dane County to build the homes for low- to moderate-income families. The city received a total of $2,231,821 as part of a Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program in the wake of the 2018 floods that caused significant damage in Dane County and elsewhere in the state.

“The money was designated to replace housing lost due to the 2018 flooding which mostly occurred in Madison,” city communications and diversity strategist Jake King explained in an email to News 3 Now. “Funds were provided at a first come first serve basis of application. Although Sun Prairie was not directly impacted by the flood, the funds will be invested to assist families who were impacted by the natural disaster in Dane County and in need of more affordable housing.”

The grant will help lower-income residents find stable housing in the community, which, like others in Dane County, is seeing housing prices increase with supplies limited. Each family qualifying for the initiative will earn between 30% and 60% of the county’s median household income and will put in between 275 and 425 hours of their own labor into building the homes, the release said.

The homes will be built in the same area as the large-scale Habitat for Humanity development project on the city’s east side. The project, billed at the time ground broke last year as the organization’s biggest-ever project in Wisconsin, will be made up of 118 homes, more than one-third of which will be built by Habitat for Humanity.

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Work finished on the first home in that neighborhood in April.