After five years of searching for a home suitable for herself and her two daughters, Heidi Wright started moving boxes into her new town home on Monday, September 14.
“It’s so beautiful...I feel really blessed,” the Falmouth resident said.
Ms. Wright signed a lease with the Falmouth Housing Corporation for a two-level, two-bedroom unit at Falmouth’s newest affordable housing complex, Little Pond Place. The rent is hundreds of dollars lower than most rentals in Falmouth at $1,247 per month, including utilities.
“It’s been really difficult to find a place for us after my divorce. You find a listing, and it’s almost immediately taken before you can look at it,” said Ms. Wright, who works full-time at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel at the front desk and in housekeeping.
She and her girls were living above a restaurant on Main Street paying $1,600 a month for a unit she described as old, dated and very noisy.
“I am so relieved to be in a nice place now. My girls were so excited when they saw it, especially that there are two levels of living space. My younger daughter started crying, she is so happy. And for me, to now have one and a half baths is a blessing with teenagers,” she said.
All 40 units at Little Pond Place are affordable, with most rented to those whose yearly salaries are less than 60 percent of the area’s median income—or a maximum of $54,900 for a family of four. Rents are between $1,029 and $1,428 per month depending on the number of bedrooms.
Little Pond Place includes 14 one-bedroom units, 22 two-bedroom units and four three-bedroom units across four buildings. Four units will be reserved for individuals and families with extremely low incomes who are making 30 percent of area median income.
Falmouth Housing Corporation executive director Linda Clark said all the units are rented, and the tenants were scheduled to be moved in by Tuesday, September 15.
The Spring Bars Road property was poised for development in 2006 when a developer proposed a 168-unit rental project under the state’s Chapter 40B affordable housing laws, but it did not garner local support. In 2010 the property owner agreed to sell the 21 acres to the town for $3 million. Four years ago, the town selected Affirmative Investments of Boston and the Falmouth Housing Corporation as the project’s developers.