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Affordable Housing Orange County

February 17, 1996
Low-income renters face a very tight housing market in California in general and Orange County in particular. The picture for poor renters from data collected in 44 metropolitan areas from 1988 to 1992, the most recent figures available: Renters Per Low-Cost Unit County / Number Orange: 5.3 San Diego: 4.0 San Jose: 4.0 Riverside/San Bernardino: 3.5 Los Angeles: 3.0 San Francisco/Oakland: 3.0 All areas: 1.
February 17, 1996 | DEBRA CANO
The city's first gated, single-family home tract, an affordable-housing project designed for buyers with moderate incomes, will be built on a 3-acre site on Bushard Street north of Garfield Avenue, city officials said. Under the development agreement, Olson Co. will build the homes, which will sell for about $245,000 for three-bedroom models and $255,000 for those with four and range from 1,798 to 2,052 square feet.
March 9, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
After three hours of debate and testimony before an overflow audience, the City Council unanimously approved a 97-unit affordable-housing project on land at La Palma Avenue and Denni Street. Opponents at Tuesday night's meeting contended that the housing would be too dense and would lower nearby property values. "I come here with vehement opposition to this project," said resident Leo Lopez. "There will be a significant drop in property values."
January 3, 1995 | MIMI KO
The City Council, acting as the city's Redevelopment Agency, has given developer Matthew Beard the go-ahead to turn a two-story Victorian house into a 10-unit affordable-apartment complex in an effort to save the old house from demolition. The structure, known as the Grimshaw House, is at 220 Commonwealth Ave. City officials said the house would have been destroyed had it not been for Beard's proposal because other developers are clearing the area to build a 187-unit residential hotel.
November 17, 1995 | MIMI KO CRUZ
After years of planning, work will begin next week on East Chapman Villas, an affordable-housing apartment project being built by a local developer and a nonprofit coalition. Interfaith Housing Development Corp. of Fullerton, a group comprising local churches and synagogues, and developer Douglas Chaffee are building the complex, which will be owned and operated by Interfaith. The 27-unit complex is expected to be completed in July.
September 29, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
More than 2,000 units of affordable housing--ranging from single-room-occupancy hotels to apartments for senior citizens--have been built or scheduled for construction over the past two years, according to a new county report. Many of the units were financed at least in part with money from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and constructed in private-public partnerships, county officials said.
September 28, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
Residents opposed to an affordable-housing project in their neighborhood are asking the City Council to overturn the Planning Commission's approval earlier this month of the proposed 84-unit development. San Francisco-based Bridge Housing Corp. is planning the apartments on a four-acre lot at Santa Alicia and Santa Clara streets.
September 9, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
The Planning Commission approved a low-income housing project this week by a 3-2 vote, but neighbors said they will ask the City Council to overturn the decision. San Francisco-based Bridge Housing Corp. won approval to build 84 low-income apartments in eight buildings on a four-acre lot at Santa Alicia and Santa Clara streets. The company modified a previously rejected plan by incorporating all parking within the project.
June 4, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
The city soon may be asking developers to devote as much as 20% of future projects to affordable housing. The new affordable housing plan, which was reviewed by the City Council this week, is voluntary. The proposal relies on incentives such as density bonuses to entice builders to meet the 20% goal for projects involving more than 10 units.
It began with a small meeting of a dozen South County residents interested in a prickly issue: creating affordable housing in one of the most expensive parts of the county. Today that little group has grown into a quietly busy and growing platoon of advocates for low-income housing, lobbying and keeping watch over use of funds earmarked for residential projects to benefit low-income people. And they are savoring their first victory as the nonprofit Mary Erickson Foundation.
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