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Posted on: January 28, 2021

$38M in Disaster Relief Funds Approved to Build Affordable Homes

Construction of multi-family housing

In October 2017, the Tubbs fire destroyed over 3,000 residential units in Santa Rosa, constituting a loss of approximately five percent of the City’s housing stock. In response to the 2017 wildfires, the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) allocated Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to the State of California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) to be distributed statewide to disaster-affected areas. 

HCD allocated $38,469,772 in CDBG-DR funds to the City of Santa Rosa for rehabilitation, reconstruction, and/or new construction of affordable multifamily housing. Due to the Housing Authority’s relevant experience and program knowledge, the Santa Rosa City Council delegated administration to the Housing Authority in October 2020.  

A Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) was published on November 3, 2020 with applications due on December 3, 2020. Seventeen applications were received, requesting approximately $149 million for 1,283 affordable housing units, far surpassing the funds available. Following review and analysis of the applications, the Housing Authority awarded funding to the following projects, subject to final approval by HCD:

  • 3575 Mendocino Avenue, Phase I, the site of the former Journey’s End Mobile Home Park on Mendocino Avenue, is a 94-unit, apartment development for seniors with one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The City of Santa Rosa, through the Housing Authority has committed $11,917,110 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding and 30 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Choice Voucher program. The project closed its financing on November 24, 2021 - (updated January 19, 2022).

  • Caritas Homes, Phase I, located in downtown Santa Rosa, is a 64-unit, multifamily apartment development with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units; it is the initial affordable housing component of the Caritas Village project. Approximately half of the units are dedicated to chronically homeless persons with disabilities. Caritas Homes Phase I closed on its financing on December 30, 2021. The City of Santa Rosa, through the Housing Authority has committed $8,945,657 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding and 30 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Choice Voucher program. The project will begin construction in January 2022 - (updated January 19, 2022).

  • The Cannery at Railroad Square, located in Railroad Square, is a 129-unit, multifamily apartment development with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. The developer of the project continues to work with state funding partners to obtain the remaining funding commitments for the project. The City of Santa Rosa, through the Housing Authority has committed $10,300,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding and 33 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Choice Voucher program. The project received Conditional Approval from HCD on October 25, 2021 - (updated January 19, 2022).

  • Burbank Avenue Apartments, located in Roseland on Burbank Avenue, is 64-unit, multifamily apartment development with one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units. The developer of the Burbank Avenue Apartments project is working with state funding partners to obtain the remaining funding commitments needed for the project. The City of Santa Rosa, through the Housing Authority has committed $5,000,000 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, $284,385 in Permanent Local Housing Allocation (PLHA) funding, and 16 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Choice Voucher program. The project received Conditional Approval from HCD on October 1, 2021 - (updated January 19, 2022).

  • Linda Tunis Senior Apartments, located at the site of the former Scottish Rite Temple on Acacia Lane in Rincon Valley, is a 26-unit, senior apartment development with studio units. The project closed its financing on December 29, 2021. The City of Santa Rosa, through the Housing Authority has committed $2,190,340 in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding, $690,000 from its entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds, and 13 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Choice Voucher program. The project will begin construction in January 2022 - (updated January 19, 2022).

The Housing Authority is pleased to be able to assist with the financing of 377 units of affordable housing which upon completion will be integrated into the City’s portfolio of affordable housing units.  

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