The Parcel Program for Home Ownership
Home-ownership is beyond the reach of many Kent residents and workers. Kent Affordable Housing is striving to offer ownership options for those who would otherwise not be able to buy a home. KAH is actively seeking donations, bargain sales or bequests of small lots for the Parcel Program.
With the KAH Parcel Program, families build and own a house on land leased for a nominal fee from KAH. Since KAH owns the land, the program removes a substantial cost barrier and preserves the property as affordable housing for a future owner.
Candidates must earn less than 100% of the area median income. Refer to the Useful links; other housing on the side bar for income restriction chart.The family will need to qualify for bank financing and have the energy and resources to plan, build and maintain the home. References, a credit check and other documentation are required to apply.
Kent Zoning regulations assists potential homeowners in building on small lots and encourage donations (more information at firstname.lastname@example.org), including:
- Normal restrictions on subdividing property don't apply if, in the initial division, three or fewer parcels are divided and one lot is designated for affordable housing, so long as that lot meets minimim size requirements and zoning for affordable housing (Ordinance 11.1-2, P&Z regs. Sec. 16)
- Affordable housing can be built on one acre, regardless of soil type, with approved septic and a special permit (P&Z regs. 6.3.6)
- A third affordable housing unit can be built on a driveway (P&Z regs 18.3)
A full description of the program and an application form can be downloaded from the links below.