Building is done for the City of Marietta’s first home under the city’s public service housing program to build affordable housing for employees. Methany Thornton, a Social Emotional Learning teacher at Marietta Middle School lived 35 minutes away from her job with her disabled husband, child, and two grandchildren. On Saturday, Thornton’s home was dedicated to school and city officials there.
“’I’m thankful to all who hammered a nail, who lifted a wall,’ Methany Thornton shared on the Marietta City Facebook post.
According to Zillow, the average cost of a home in Marietta, Georgia was $452,615 an increase of 2.5% in the last year.
The program which is being funded through the American Rescue Plan Act would provide zero-interest affordable homes for City of Marietta and Marietta City School employees. Named, the “Marietta Public Service Housing Program, the City of Marietta donated six lots and Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta (HNWMA) provided volunteers to build the six one and two-story homes.
According to a press release from when the program was announced, Jill Gill, CEO of HNWMA commended the initiative.
“We greatly commend the City of Marietta for recognizing the unrealistic challenges for the average teacher and first responder to buy a family home in today’s real estate market. City leaders are demonstrating true leadership in providing affordable housing, and we are thrilled to partner with them to serve public servants in our community.”