Residents from neighboring towns and counties can now buy affordable housing in Orange County.
The council voted 8-1 Monday to loosen rules for who can buy homes through the Community Home Trust, an organization which manages affordable housing for the town's inclusionary housing program. The housing program requires developers to make 15 percent of units in new developments meet affordability guidelines.
Now residents who live and work outside of Orange County can buy a home through the Community Home Trust if after it's been on the market more than 90 days. The group has had trouble selling one particular house and has experienced the same challenges as the rest of the housing market, said Robert Dowling, the group's executive director.