Cesar Chavez Foundation Breaks Ground on LA-Area Affordable Housing
When complete, the community will cater to low-income families and homeless veterans.
The Cesar Chavez Foundation has broken ground on Chris Hartmire Plaza, a 90-unit affordable housing community in Pomona, Calif. The City of Pomona, the Community Preservation Corp., Citi, Corporation for Supportive Housing and UnitedHealth Group are some of the developer’s partners on this project.
Upon completion, the community will cater to low-income families and homeless veterans earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income. Some of the units will be reserved for families and individuals at risk of homelessness or with disabilities.
Formerly known as The East End Village, the development is taking shape on a vacant, 2.3-acre lot at 1321 E. Holt Ave. The site is less than 3 miles from central Pomona, across from Village Academy High School. Downtown Los Angeles is some 32 miles west.
Aiming for LEED certification
Designed by Onyx Architects as highly sustainable and aiming for LEED certification, the five-story building will incorporate one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans. Common-area amenities are set to include a community center, laundry facilities and a pocket park. The community will also feature on-site social service programs provided by Tri-Cities Mental Health Center and a 6,756-square-foot ground-floor health clinic.
Financing for the $75.8 million project includes:
- 28 project-based vouchers from the Housing Authority of Pomona
- $58 million in construction financing from Citi
- $13 million in subordinate construction financing provided through a partnership between CPC, UnitedHealth Group and CSH
- $20.8 million from The California Department of Housing and Community Development provided through their Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities and No Place Like Home programs
- $1.7 million from the City of Pomona in the form of a development impact fee note and permanent local housing allocation funds
- $4.6 million in grant funds from California Housing Accelerator
- $1 million into project provided by The San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust