By Dawn Krebs
PORT ST. LUCIE -- There are some new houses being built in Port St. Lucie, thanks to a government program. Five houses, each consisting of three bedrooms and two bathrooms are being constructed using the city's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
"These homes are located in targeted areas of the city, and should be available to qualified households by June or July," said Ed Cunningham, Port St. Lucie communication director, in a recent email. "Prices are expected to range from $115,000 to $125,000 for the homes."
These houses are being built on lots where vacant foreclosed houses once stood.
If anyone is interested in purchasing one of the houses, but is wondering if they can afford it, there are a number of city-run programs that will help potential home buyers.
There are deferred, interest-free mortgages available for those who need help purchasing their first home. Assistance with the purchase is available on a sliding-scale based on income and family size.
Those residents who are interested in owning their first home using this program are required to be prescreened.
All applicants are required to make an appointment for prescreening during the week of April 15-19. They will be required to bring specific financial documentation.
To make an appointment, call (772) 344-4084.