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Howard lottery to offer service-disabled veteran chance to buy accessible, LEED-certified home

The last new home in a recently constructed Jessup neighborhood will be sold to a service-disabled veteran chosen through a county-sponsored lottery, Howard officials announced Thursday.

The house is the last three-bedroom available in the Cottages at Greenwood, a recently completed community on Mary Lane of 10 LEED Platinum-certified homes, the top environment-friendly ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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The one-story, Craftsman-style building will go for $252,300 and will be eligible to receive down-payment and closing-cost assistance of up to $40,000 from the Howard County Settlement Downpayment Loan Program, officials said.

To be eligible to enter the lottery, veterans must have a service-related disability of at least 30 percent and a minimum household income of $48,000.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 27 and a winner will be announced Oct. 30.

County Executive Ken Ulman said the lottery would help "give back to those who have already given so much.

"We want to make sure our veterans are experiencing the quality of life in Howard that we are working hard to build," he said.

Construction of the Cottages at Greenwood was partially financed by funds from the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnership programs, which seek to expand affordable housing options.

Homes in the community must be sold to moderate income families, based on a Baltimore-region median income chart. For a family of four, moderate income is defined as a family that makes up to $64,200.

The cottages have 1,300 square feet of living space designed for easy accessibility. Sustainable features include tankless hot water heaters, solar tubes, Energy Star appliances and low-flow plumbing features.

Applications are available at howardcountymd.gov/veteranhousing.htm.

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