SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Mayor Ben Walsh and the non-profit Home Headquarters, Inc. are calling this a new approach to affordable home construction.
While rehabbing a home is possible, it can be costly and with issues like lead paint and asbestos still so common in older Syracuse homes, what they did here was tear down two previously abandoned properties that were owned by the land bank and combined the lots to make way for this.
A four bedroom home perfect for first-time homeowners Isha and Omar and their four kids. They’ve been renting in the City of Syracuse but wanted to make a long term investment.
With a combination of public, private and their own funding, that was made possible.
Home Headquarters also provided some first time buying education.
As Mayor Walsh put it, they’re trying to make it so new homes like this aren’t just possible in the suburbs.
This home is one of the first to come out of the zombie property project.
Home Headquarters directly helps almost 300 people every year become first-time homeowners and many purchase their home in the City of Syracuse.