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Costa Mesa

October 11, 2000|Jennifer Kho, (949) 574-4275

Armed with a $76,000 grant, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit organization hopes to help the developmentally disabled find affordable housing.

The plan by Project Independence calls for starting a member-run cooperative housing facility for senior citizens with developmental disabilities, said Andrea Erickson, the group's executive director. It would also accommodate developmentally disabled people with parents who are seniors, she said.

Project Independence has several such housing programs throughout the county and serves more than 80 people in Costa Mesa.

Sandi Benson, chief of code enforcement for Costa Mesa, said the city expects no problems with cooperative housing as long as no more than six people live in one house.

The type of housing that will be set up will depend on the desires of the residents, Erickson said.

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