SPOTLIGHT: Affordable Projects UNDER CONSTRUCTION in Ventura County

Oct 19 - emily

Sarah McCarthy, HOME Board Member
Director of Project Development at McCarthy Companies

Over the past few years, we Ventura County residents have become immune to hearing and reading about the continued economic crises, shoddy housing issues and botched job market. But let’s take a moment to point out the positives that are happening right here and now in our own backyard – a thrilling season for affordable housing construction.

I am certain there’s one thing we can all agree on, everyone should have the opportunity to live in a community they want to call home. But what does that look like and how does it happen exactly? In HOME’s vision it boils down to several features; funding, affordable homes, safety, proximity to public transportation, close access to jobs and schools. Creating such communities has become quite challenging, however, amidst a troubled yet recovering economy, many affordable housing providers throughout Ventura County are continuing to develop, creating more housing opportunities and jobs for many in need.

Here’s a look at what’s going on right now by City:


Cabrillo Economic Development Collaborative (CEDC) is working with McCarthy Companies to construct the Paseo de Luz Apartments, 25 in total, a HUD 811 project owned and managed by CEDC and designed by FIRMITAS Architecture. Construction start is aimed for November 2010.


CEDC is also building Camino Gonzalez which will provide 18 units of affordable rental housing for very low-income and low-income farmworker families. Units will consist of attached townhomes and the project will provide open space, a common courtyard and a community center.

Many Mansions is acquiring and rehabilitating an 8-unit apartment complex in Oxnard to provide permanent supportive housing for former foster youth with mental disabilities who are either homeless or ‘at-risk’ of becoming homeless. Construction is estimated to start 2011.


Oxnard Housing Authority has just received City Council approval for 7 new affordable units known as the Cuesta del Mar Apartments. Construction is anticipated to start 2011. OHA also gone out for development proposals for The Courts Project in La Colonia which will total between 400-500 new units at construction completion.


Housing Authority of the City of Ventura is helping provide their City with several new affordable housing projects. SOHO – 12 affordable units, Encanto del Mar – 37 affordable units, Santa Clara Apartments Green Retrofit – 28 units.


CEDC is working on Azahar Place which is a proposed 60 unit multifamily affordable rental development. The complex is part of the Citrus Place Master Plan that will total 23.4 acres and ultimately include single-family homes, condos and a large park. Azahar Place will provide 30 general occupancy units for low-income families and 30 farmworker units for low-income families.



CEDC is building Paseo Santa Barbara, a 2 phased development that will produce 90 units of affordable housing and child care center for very-low income/low-income families and very low-income/low-income farmworker families.


Habitat for Humanity is working on a project coming in 2011. It will consist of 5-6 units on 14th Street designed for home ownership for low and very-low income families. They will also be initiating a "Neighborhood Revitalization Program” beginning with this development and surrounding area.



CEDC is now working on Valle Naranjal, or "Valley of the Orange Groves,” which will provide 66 units of affordable rental housing for very low-income and low-income farmworker families. The community will host duplexes, triplexes and a courtyard building. Onsite amenities include a recreational soccer field, basketball courts, BBQ area, community garden, several tot lots and an onsite interpretative display documenting the agricultural legacy of the area and the workers.

Habitat for Humanity is building two single-family homes at 550 Temescal that will provide home ownership for two very-low income farm worker families .


Many Mansions is developing a 60 unit new construction project in Thousand Oaks for low, very low, and extremely low-income families. The Italian villa style project will feature amenities ideal for families such as a community building, playground, 4 laundry rooms and a secure subterranean parking structure with a green roof which will provide outdoor play/open space for residents of all ages to enjoy. Construction is estimated to begin in the fall of 2011 and be completed in the winter of 2012.


Habitat for Humanity has one one single-family home under construction at the corner of Hillcrest and Houston Drive that will provide home ownership for a very-low income family. Anticipated completion and dedication is scheduled to happen by the holidays.


Area Housing Authority for the County of Ventura: Owned by AHA and designed by Lauterbach & Associates Architects, 20 new affordable apartments known as the the Charles Street Apartments in Moorpark will be under construction this November. This project will also feature a community room, laundry facilities and computer room.



Many Mansions is acquiring and rehabilitating a 12-unit apartment complex in Simi Valley to provide permanent housing with services for very low-income families. The rehabilitation will include many "green” and community additions such as solar, permeable pavers, Energy Star appliances, low flow fixtures, a community room, a playground, and much more. The rehabilitation will start next fall and be completed in early 2012.

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