Nearly every community in the U.S. has a shortage of attainable housing. These needs are even greater in older core neighborhoods as the housing stock ages and costs of construction increase. In many of these neighborhoods the construction costs exceed the areas appraised values needed for a mortgage creating an 'appraisal gap' of tens of thousands of dollars. The KAHP aims to re-invest in Kalamazoo's core neighborhoods with new construction to boost appraised values and over the long-term ultimately making new construction, remodeling and re-investment in residential properties economically viable.
The Home Builders Association of Western Michigan (HBAWMI) is proud to partner with KNHS (Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services) and LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to build quality, attainable homes in Kalamazoo’s under-served neighborhoods.
The Kalamazoo Attainable Homes Partnership (KAHP) seeks to provide high-quality homes built by HBA members that are both attainable in cost and provide the homeowners with low maintenance costs. KAHP homes feature the same quality construction that goes into many custom homes, such as 50-year roofing, energy saving insulation, heating and air conditioning systems, durable flooring materials and so much more – saving families in these homes thousands a year in utilities bills and maintenance for generations to come.
One of the unique efforts that made KAHP possible was the collaborative design by a number of HBA builders working together to integrate the most efficient design possible. For example, in the two-story plan, the bathrooms are stacked above and below each other and near kitchen walls for minimal plumbing materials.
On the narrow city lots we’re building on, we limited the width of the home to the maximum span for a floor joist, eliminating the need for a supporting wall across the basement. Nowhere in these plans did the HBA sacrifice quality over cost. By partnering with our member suppliers, we have access to high-quality materials at discounted pricing.
It’s the HBA’s goal to bring new homes to neighborhoods that haven’t seen new construction in decades. We’re so proud to be working with our partner organizations to make new home ownership equitable throughout Kalamazoo – building new homes that will serve families for generations.
WHY IS THE HBA INVOLVED WITH KAHP?
The KAHP aligns with our mission and expands our reach into neighborhoods where we haven’t been engaged in many years. We can change lives and have a positive long-term impact in these neighborhoods while providing opportunities for our members.
The HBA should be known as a significant partner in the economic growth of Kalamazoo and throughout Western Michigan.
With a high level of media and PR exposure, we will increase the number of homeowners in Kalamazoo who will “THINK HBA FIRST” when they’re looking to maintain, upgrade, remodel or build a new home.
Enhance our workforce development programs by providing a ‘living lab’ for students and individuals looking to enter the skilled trades and residential construction. From our Minority Contractors license program with the City of Kalamazoo, to local CTE students, and MCTI pre-apprentice certificate students and other programs, the KAHP can provide valuable hands on experience.
Round 1 - 2019
Built in four of Kalamazoo's core neighborhoods, this project started with the 4 bedroom 2 bath two-story plan, so as to fit the current asthetic. The Stockbridge home, built by Wausau Homes Kalamazoo, was constructed with a panelized method where the home's structure gets set in just 24 hours. This home was also featured as house #3 in the 2020 Parade of Homes.
Round 2- 2020
Thanks to a collaboration with Consumers Energy, the second round of homes will be constructed with an "All-Electric Homes" model to produce super-efficient, all-electric homes at attainable costs. These homes will: be net zero-ready or net zero with solar panels, utilize cold climate heat pumps, and include appliances and equipment requiring no fossil fuels. Learn more HERE.
Round 3 - 2021
We are still working out the details for round 3 with our partners. How many brand-new homes will be built in 2021 and where will they be located? We hope to have more info in the coming months! If you are interested in purchasing one of these homes, start the process by contacting KNHS at (269) 364-2538.