Frequently Asked Questions

The Athens Land Trust (ALT) is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for residents of Athens-Clarke County. Please review this FAQ for a quick overview of what we are about.

What can ALT's affordable housing program do for me?

The Athens Land Trust (ALT) is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for residents of Athens-Clarke County. The monthly payments (including taxes and insurance) on the homes we sell usually run between $450 – $675 at current interest rates. Our goal is to help people buy homes so that they aren’t forced to rent their entire lives.

How does it work?

ALT sells the house to a family or individual and provides the homebuyer with a 99-year renewable ground lease for the land. The ALT homeowner has full use of the land just like any other homeowner. The owner of an ALT home can pass the home to their children just like any other homeowner. But if the homeowner decides to sell the house, ALT will buy the house back from them or help them find another low to moderate income family or individual to purchase the home.

Who is eligible?

Since we receive government assistance for our housing program, a family or individual cannot make more than 80% of the area median income. Check the chart below to see if you are eligible.

Number of Family Members 1 2 3 4 5 6
Maximum Family Income 2014 $31,100 $35,550 $40,000 $44,400 $48,000 $51,550

How does it help the homebuyer?

ALT homes are less expensive than other houses on the market. In some cases, ALT is willing to allow a person to do a lease-purchase while they are working on clearing up their credit to be eligible for a mortgage. ALT is a long-term resource for an ALT homeowner. We are here to help you succeed.

Why does ALT keep ownership of the land?

Because land has become so expensive, ALT makes the house more affordable by not selling the land. You buy the house and we keep the land, but you get to use the land without having to finance it. This allows us to help more families. By keeping the land ALT can legally keep the house affordable forever.

Where are ALT houses?

Most of the houses we have are in the Hancock Corridor or East Athens. This area, once thought of as undesirable, is rapidly becoming one of the hottest in-town neighborhoods. If a family finds a house outside of this area and wants to be part of our program, ALT may be able to help the family in purchasing the home.

What if my credit is bad?

All ALT applicants receive housing counseling, which usually includes helping applicants re-build credit and improve their credit scores. ALT’s housing counselor will work individually with applicants to address credit problems.

 

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For More Information

Contact Housing Director,

David Ogunsanya

david@athenslandtrust.org

124 Dallas Front

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