- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A Champaign group wants to build a pair of very small homes for poor local residents on two vacant city-owned lots that aren’t large enough for a traditional house.

Restoration Urban Ministries says it plans what it’s calling mini-homes that would be a lot like stand-alone studio apartments. According to The News-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1nJ5d9X ), the City Council this week said it backs donating the lots to the group.

The Rev. Ervin Williams of Restoration Urban Ministries expects the homes to sell for $25,000 to $30,000 each.

His group would cover the mortgage for the first 18 months after someone moves in. But his plan calls for the resident to finance the balance and become homeowners.

Williams hopes the homes serve as an example for other similar projects.

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