Carlsbad honored for affordable housing project
June 14, 2011
The City of Carlsbad Redevelopment Agency was honored as an “Outstanding Government Agency” for its role in developing a low-income housing project last year.
The award, given by the San Diego Housing Federation
, recognized the city’s Redevelopment Agency for partnering with Habitat for Humanity
to develop the 11-unit Roosevelt Gardens condominium project. The housing federation also honored Roosevelt Gardens as one of the top affordable housing projects of 2010.
In giving the award, the federation recognized Carlsbad for its “unusual risk or initiative to support affordable housing and/or community development initiatives” in 2010.
The nonprofit San Diego Housing Foundation said the city Redevelopment Agency’s dedication to neighborhood enhancement and development gave new homes to working families who contribute to the greater community.
The City of Carlsbad Redevelopment Agency purchased an empty lot at Roosevelt Street and Laguna Drive and transferred ownership to the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity to build the project. The group recruited volunteer help to construct the 11-unit Roosevelt Gardens for very low-income families. The Carlsbad Redevelopment Agency’s total contribution in land and cash assistance was $1.5 million.
The Redevelopment Agency’s purpose is to eliminate blight and provide affordable housing. The project accomplished both goals by developing an empty lot and providing new homes for very low-income families.
Debbie Fountain, director of the city’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department
, said that of the 11 new owners, one had been receiving rental assistance from the city and another had been residing in Carlsbad’s La Paloma Affordable Apartments.
“These home purchases allowed these people to move off of the rental assistance roles into the realm of home ownership,” Fountain said. “That opened up affordable rental opportunities for two new households as a result of this development. It was a great partnership with outstanding results.”
The project is structured so that the Roosevelt Gardens units will remain as low-income homes in perpetuity.
The awards were given at the San Diego Housing Federation’s 16th annual San Diego County Affordable Housing and Community Development Recognition ceremony, which was held on June 9 at the McMillin Event Center at the NTC Promenade in Point Loma.
The San Diego Housing Federation is a non-profit charitable group that brings together developers, advocates and other organizations to promote the creation of affordable housing.
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