Habitat for Humanity eyes 50 acres for new housing project

Khalid Mohammed and his family were living in a downtown Columbia Housing Authority apartment when a friend welcomed Mohammed into his Habitat for Humanity home. After the visit, Mohammed decided to apply for a home through Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity, a not-for-profit organization that does not charge interest on the homes it sells, allowing homeowners to pay off their homes in 20 years. Those factors were important to Mohammed, who works as a city bus driver, and his wife, Dunia Karim. The monthly mortgage payment for their home at Habitat’s Daycrew Loop site in south Columbia is $550, about $150 more than the rent at their old apartment. Habitat for Humanity hopes to build 125 to 150 new homes — similar to those on Daycrew Loop — on a 50-acre property east of Brown Station Road and west of the Paris Road and Highway 63 intersection. Purchasing the land is dependent on rezoning of various tracts, said Bill View, Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity executive director.