The first of two affordable housing units on West Edmunds Street has been rented to a tenant, and the Hopkinsville Inner-City Community Housing Organization Inc. is looking for someone to rent the other one.

The duplex, at 433 and 435 W. Edmunds St., was built last fall as part of the not-for-profit group's continued efforts to provide safe, affordable housing to residents of Hopkinsville's inner city. Each duplex is 1,200 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

LeeAnn Sorrell, community development planner for Hopkinsville, said the other unit is getting a lot of interest from potential renters, but credit worthiness is showing up as a barrier.

"I show it at least 15 times a week or more," Sorrell told the board Wednesday at its monthly meeting. "I have like 45 voicemails from last week when I was out. There's a lot of activity on it.

"The issue we're running into is credit worthiness," she continued. "I just turned down an application because of their credit."

The organization — which is made up of staff from Community Development Services and members of the Christian County Landbank Authority and the Local Development Corporation — asks applicants to have at least a 600 credit score.

However, Holly Boggess, assistant director of Community and Development Services, said they will work with potential renters with lower scores.

"We would like a credit score of 600, but we will accept lower with good references from prior landlords," Boggess said. "If they have good reference checks, we will work with a lower credit score; however, those reference checks have not come back positive."

The West Edmunds Street duplex is the second affordable-housing project the group has completed. Another housing unit was built in the Canton Pike Neighborhood in 2015.

According to New Era archives, financing to build the units was provided by United Southern Bank and the Inner-City REZ program, and the organization utilized local incentives available for new construction.

For more information about the affordable housing units, call the CDS office at 270-887-4285.

Reach Zirconia Alleyne at 270-887-3243 or zalleyne@kentuckynewera.com.

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