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Habitat for Humanity purchases 12th Street land in Fairfield

Fairfield Economic Development Association has sold a parcel of land on North 12th Street in Fairfield to the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity. Pictured are, from left, FEDA board President Amy Jones, FEDA legal counsel John Morrissey, FEDA Executive Director Joshua Laraby and Fairfield Habitat President Amber Stump McDowell. (Photo courtesy of Terry Baker)
Fairfield Economic Development Association has sold a parcel of land on North 12th Street in Fairfield to the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity. Pictured are, from left, FEDA board President Amy Jones, FEDA legal counsel John Morrissey, FEDA Executive Director Joshua Laraby and Fairfield Habitat President Amber Stump McDowell. (Photo courtesy of Terry Baker)
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Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity has purchased land on North 12th Street in Fairfield for a future home.

The land belongs to Fairfield Economic Development Association, and is adjacent to three lots Habitat had already acquired. The newly purchased lot is part of a seven-lot subdivision the economic development group created in 2015. Three of those lots remain available for purchase. Habitat paid $15,000 for the lot.

“On behalf of the entire board of directors of the Greater Fairfield Area Habitat for Humanity, we are thrilled to secure future build sites for our organization,” said, Amber Stump McDowell, president of the Fairfield Habitat chapter. “Affordable housing is a big issue in Fairfield and Jefferson County, and we are working hard to address that issue one house at a time. A big thank you to FEDA for its unwavering support. With this purchase we have five future build sites on 12th Street.”

A 2014 Housing Needs Assessment led by the city of Fairfield and the economic development association identified a shortage of quality, affordable housing in the area. Providing leadership on housing shortage solutions is one of the economic group’s top strategic priorities.

“With many local employers growing and our mutual goal to attract and retain more working families, FEDA is pleased to partner with our local Habitat for Humanity, to create more affordable housing,” said Joshua Laraby, Fairfield Economic Development Association’s executive director.