What Do You Call Affordable?

What is your definition of affordable housing?


This was the question we took to the streets for our "Street Talk" feature in today's edition.

You'll see by their responses that the price range varies. Here are a few more responses:

• "$68,000, but in Payson that won't buy what I'd call a home."

• "I'd say $70,000 to $90,000 for a two bedroom would be affordable."

• "It would have to be under $100,000 for many of our young families."

• "$60,000 to $75,000 would be affordable."

Within the Payson town limits there are 24 homes on the market listed under $75,000. Eleven are mobile homes built between 1969 and 1983.

We recognize that some developers are working to keep their prices down. Such is the case with Stone Creek and the Northwoods Townhomes.

The Stone Creek housing development rode into town on a wave of controversy. Issues of density were pitted against those of affordable housing.

Two years later, Stone Creek is offering brand-new, two-bedroom, two-bath manufactured homes on a small lot starting at $99,900. This may not seem affordable to everyone, but to others it is the best new-home price they've seen in Payson in years.

While the Northwoods properties don't offer much in the way of a lawn, Gail and Gayle Tovey offer townhomes ranging from $69,900 for a one-bedroom unit, to two-bedroom townhomes starting at $92,000.

During our Street Talk interviews, the message that echoed over and over was clear -- for many people in Payson, the dream of owning a home is still out of reach.

Young families living in Payson deserve the same opportunities their parents had to own an home. They don't need or want a castle. They only want a place to call their own to build memories and investments for the future.

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