Victoria County commissioners approved a subdivision development application Monday, a step toward new affordable housing for families still struggling to recover after Hurricane Harvey.
Hope Meadows, a future subdivision of 40 homes in Bloomington, is a nearly $5 million project that will occupy 21 acres near the corner of Seventh and Leonard streets.
County commissioners approved an application for the preliminary plat, final plat and construction plans for the subdivision at their Monday meeting. Precinct 1 Commissioner Danny Garcia said the next step is to get a letter from the water district approving the project. The infrastructure work will continue.
“We are moving along with creating these new homes for families in Victoria County that are still in need from the hurricane,” he said.
The Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group, which owns the subdivision, announced the plans to build the subdivision in April. Garcia said the groundwork and infrastructure work began in May, and construction of houses is slated to begin in October.
The Mennonite Disaster Service, Disaster Aid Ohio, Samaritan’s Purse, Rio Texas Conference and First Community Bank of Victoria are among the partners providing resources for the project.
The project is being built at no cost to the county, Garcia said.
Garcia said the Mennonite Disaster Service plans to build 30 homes in 30 weeks, and Habitat for Humanity will build the remaining 10 homes.
To date, only one family is slated to receive a home, Garcia said, though it’s important to have families lined up when the building process begins. Interested applicants can apply in person at the Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services, Rio Texas Conference or Lutheran Social Services Disaster Relief or on the Victoria County Long-Term Recovery Group’s website.
“I know lots of the details are still being worked through, but this is a wonderful step forward for the community,” County Judge Ben Zeller said Monday.