Kent Attainable Housing acquires 1st property

From left: Jonathan Chace, Genie Wootton of Rasin, Wootton and Hurd law firm, Lani Seikaly and Ed Minch at the Kent Attainable Housing first property settlement.

CHESTERTOWN — The newly created Kent Attainable Housing Inc. has purchased its first lot, in Chestertown, according to a news release.

The purchase was made possible by “generous donors” and the law firm of Rasin, Wootton and Hurd, which did the settlement pro bono.

“Incorporated in April 2019, Kent Attainable Housing is a Maryland nonprofit whose mission is to create home ownership opportunities for local families in need of safe, decent and affordable housing by building affordable homes,” the news release states.

In addition to making a difference in the lives of children who feel more secure when their housing situation is stable, offering home ownership provides families the first large asset they can call their own, the release states.

Lani Seikaly is president of the newly formed board. The other board members are: Ed Minch, vice president and treasurer; Jonathan Chace, secretary; and Pam Ortiz, David Biehler, Fredy Granillo and Retha Arrabal.

“We are so appreciative of the donors who helped us purchase this property, located on College Avenue across from Bethel Church, and can’t wait to get started with our first home project, which is being led by Ed Minch, who is designing the specs for a modular home company to build,” the news release states.

According to online records of the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation, Kent Attainable Housing purchased the property from the Town of Chestertown. The purchase price was $15,000. Settlement was in July.

Chace, who chairs the nonprofit’s human resources committee, will be soliciting volunteers to help with the project. The work will include light construction, building a deck, landscaping and mentoring applicants.

Kent Attainable Housing is modeled after the Habitat for Humanity program criteria.

According to the news release, a homebuyer will be selected from the applicants based on need, ability to pay an affordable mortgage, and commitment to partner with the organization including sweat equity and participation in financial and new homeowner workshops sponsored by the Maryland Rural Development Corporation.

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