Affordable homes for sale in new SW Austin community

A sign that reads "From the low 100s" is not a home advertisement you see often in Austin neighborhoods.

But in southwest Austin, that's the price of 61 homes being built by HomeBase, a subsidiary of Austin Habitat for Humanity, through a partnership with the City of Austin.

"Austin, as you know, has just become unaffordable for many of the people who live here," Carly Yansak, communication manager with Habitat for Humanity, said.

The homes are being built in a community called Westgate Grove.

At a time when home prices are soaring, Yansak said providing affordable housing is necessary to give working class people like Peggy West a chance to own a home.

"I'm 32 and I'm a retail worker," she said. "I couldn't believe that I could afford such a large house and the only way I can is through this program."

She's moving into a yellow house she's dubbed "Big Bird" that sits at the end of a street of houses under construction.

"I think I'm going to stand out on the block for sure," she said with a grin.

Applicants are required to make 80 percent or below the median family income.

For a single person like Peggy, total income must be less than $43,050.

For a family of two income must be less than $49,200, a family of three income must be less than $55,350 and for a family of four income must be less than $61,450.

"This is really important because it gives a chance for working moderate income families to have a chance to have the Austin zip code and live within the city limits so they can have the lifestyle and resources everyone deserves to have here," Yansak said.

The community is close to schools and grocery stores.

Peggy said she's looking forward to the future.

"I'm a happy, happy aunt but I can't wait to have some of my own too," she said.

The homes are being sold on a first come first serve basis.

You can start the application process by clicking here.

By Nadia Galindo