48-Unit Affordable Housing Community Opens In Santa Rosa

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorSanta Rosa, Calif.–The Crossings at Santa Rosa, a 48-unit affordable apartment community developed by Urban Housing Communities LLC (UHC) and Heritage Community Housing Inc. (HCH), located in Northwest Santa Rosa, has opened this week.Situated off Cleveland Avenue, the $18 million community features a 1,190-sq.-ft three-bedroom floor plan and a 995-sq.-ft. two-bedroom floor plan. The community is close to schools, parks, employment, retail services and transportation.All Santa Rosa apartments are reserved for families earning 30 to 50 percent of the area median income for Sonoma County, as published by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.The opening, which will take place on Feb. 28, will feature several speakers including Nancy Bennett, deputy district director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Allen, district director for State Senator Pat Wiggins and John Bigley, CEO of UHC.The city of Santa Rosa Housing Authority, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, federal low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, Citibank and Morgan Stanley provided financing for the development.The Crossings at Santa Rosa was designed by architectural firm, KTGY Group Inc. to have a large backyard for picnics, barbecues and outdoor games as well as amenities such as a 2,000-sq.-ft. community center, computer lab and laundry facilities.Non-profit partner HCH is collaborating with community-based organizations to design social and education programs addressing the specific needs of the community’s residents. In addition, Kaiser Permanente is expected to provide health screenings and Lewis Adult Education Center is slated to teach GED and ESL classes.The Crossings at Santa Rosa is 100 percent leased.