168 Pacific is a 9-unit apartment complex in the City of Pacifica. MidPen acquired the property in 2016 in order help preserve naturally occurring affordable rents in San Mateo County, an otherwise high-rent market. The property will undergo both immediate repairs and moderate future renovations, including safety as well as interior and exterior upgrades. A portion of the funding for this property comes from the San Mateo County Department of Housing’s Demonstration Program for Multi-Family Acquisition and Rehabilitation.
Carroll Inn provides single-room occupancy mini-studios. All units have a toilet, a shower or tub, and efficiency kitchen facilities consisting of a half-size refrigerator, microwave and sink. The units are fully furnished, and the monthly rent includes utilities. Each floor has a common lounge and full kitchen available for group meetings or use by residents. Laundry facilities are located on each floor. An office for supportive services is located on the ground floor. Outside, there are two landscaped courtyards. The Carroll Inn is ideally located near jobs, shopping and services, as well as public transportation.
Located in Fetters Hot Springs, the heart of Sonoma Valley, Celestina Garden Apartments will provide 40 affordable rental homes for seniors, including eight apartments prioritized for formerly homeless residents and residents displaced by the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires. Celestina will complete the final phase of a master-planned, intergenerational community where people of all ages can live, work, attend school, shop, and easily access transportation. Celestina started construction in September 2018 and will welcome residents in November 2019.
Chestnut Square Senior Housing is the first phase of a mixed-income, intergenerational community in the heart of the City’s North Side district. Chestnut Square Senior Housing provides 72 affordable rental apartments for seniors. MidPen will also develop 42 affordable rental apartments for families. Chestnut Square Senior Housing began construction in December 2017 and welcomed residents in September 2019. Together with the family housing component, Chestnut Square Senior Housing will form an intergenerational community with shared open spaces close to supermarkets, ACE transit, and retail and restaurants in the downtown area. Five of the 72 apartments are set aside for formerly homeless households, and supportive services for those residents are delivered by a third party service provider in collaboration with MidPen Services.
Originally built in 1974, MidPen acquired Country Hills apartments in 1991, converting it from market-rate to mixed-income housing. A rehabilitation of the community included new plumbing, kitchen and bathroom renovations, new windows, outdoor siding, and a re-landscaping of the community’s outdoor areas. All of this was accomplished without relocating any of the residents and the project finished under budget. The savings were used to implement upgrades consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and create a new computer center. In addition to the affordable housing units, Country Hills offers two laundry rooms, a swimming pool and on-site security. MidPen Resident Services provides an onsite service coordinator who arranges enrichment activities such as disaster preparedness workshops, ESL classes, computer education and family wellness classes, available to all residents.
Cynara Court represents the realization of a longtime vision to transform previously underutilized land into a vibrant community and provides much needed affordable housing to agricultural workers and other hard working low-income residents in Castroville. Located on two separate sites that are five blocks apart, Cynara Court includes onsite services and programs as well as spacious indoor and outdoor community areas. This is the first housing development being built under the Castroville Community Plan, and the 750 square feet of street front retail space on the Cynara Court site area is consistent with the Plan’s goal to create a more walkable, pedestrian-oriented downtown in Castroville.
MidPen Housing purchased Dent Commons from Housing for Independent People in 1997 and rehabilitated the community to preserve its affordability. Designed for families and individual residents, Dent Commons provides convenient access to a community kitchen, shared living space for relaxation, and a laundry facility. It also shares a community facility with neighboring MidPen community Vivente II, which includes a computer lab and laundry facility. The community is near many schools and within walking distance of a park, large mall, and a VTA Bus stop with direct access to VTA Light Rail and CalTrain stations.
Donner Lofts is a mixed-use development that combines workforce efficiency studios and 1-bedroom apartments with ground-floor commercial retail space in downtown San Jose. Twenty units are reserved for the formerly homeless who receive extensive supportive services. Donner Lofts started construction in late 2014 and welcomed residents in summer 2016. Donner Lofts transforms a blighted corner lot near City Hall into high-quality housing and retail shops that enhance the neighborhood. The community’s well-appointed apartments provide stable homes that are affordable to its residents – many of whom hold jobs that are critically important to a thriving downtown community. Residents of Donner Lofts receive a full suite of on site amenities as well as robust services and programs, coordinated by MidPen Services in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Department of Behavioral Health Services.
Geil Street Apartments is an 11-unit garden style family community located in Castroville. MidPen acquired the property in 2015 in order to preserve its affordability in the long-run. With plans for future renovations, Geil Street Apartments underwent initial improvements, including safety upgrades to the kitchen and bathroom interiors, as well as a new roof on the building.
Built in 1991 for Housing for Independent People (HIP), Homeport provides an affordable community for adults with developmental disabilities and offers a first step program in basic independent living skills in an adult family environment. Community Options, a community based provider of services to adults with developmental disabilities, provides a live-in manager who oversees training for independent living, including; self-care, cooking, money management, shopping and transportation, and other services. Additionally, the residents attend bi-monthly tenant association meetings where they actively participate in decisions about community improvements such as new paint, furniture, plants and artwork, thereby strengthening their experience of having a voice and enhancing their pride in their home and its appearance.
Jardines del Valle was named by the residents who experienced the transformation of the property site into “Gardens of the Valley.” Before MidPen stepped in to create community improvements and maintain its affordable housing status, Jardines del Valle was Murphy’s Camp, one of California’s oldest and most dilapidated “bracero” camps for farm laborers. With a complete renovation to the property, Jardines del Valle became a vibrant farmworker affordable housing community with amenities that include a community room, computer center, children’s playground, barbecues, and a soccer field. MidPen Housing has won two national awards for its turnaround of Jardines del Valle: a Maxwell Award of Excellence from the FannieMae Foundation, and the National Tax Credit Excellence Award from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.
Le Beaulieu was originally developed by Cupertino Community Housing in 1984. MidPen Housing assumed ownership of this non-profit owned property in 1998 and subsequently undertook the rehabilitation of the community for individuals with physical disabilities who are able to live independently by replacing siding, repainting, upgrading bathrooms, adding a community room and improving the landscaping. MidPen also built ramps and lifts to bring the property in compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Located on the former Fort Ord Army Base in Monterey County, Manzanita Place provides 66 families with affordable rental housing. Manzanita marks the first housing community on the greater East Garrison master-planned development to be completed, and reflects a smart growth approach to community planning. Constructed on two non-contiguous sites, Manzanita consists of 10 garden-style buildings. Amenities include a community center, computer lab, children’s playground, and several open community areas and outdoor courtyards.
Paulson Park demonstrates MidPen’s skill in preserving and maximizing a major housing asset over several decades. In 1973, 149 units were built using HUD project-based Section 8 subsidies. In 1998, MidPen purchased the property, preventing its conversion to market-rate housing. To provide more housing, MidPen completed 104 new units on underutilized space. A renovation of the grounds was one of the first to follow environmental guidelines of Santa Clara County, and included drought-tolerant plants and high-efficiency irrigation. Green building measures including solar panels, high-performance windows, and insulated siding were added to all units. Residents also enjoy private patios, community vegetable gardens, a computer lab, fitness center, and several recreation and gathering rooms surrounded in a park-like setting. Paulson Park earned recognition as a Reader’s Choice Finalist from Affordable Housing Finance magazine in 2009.
The winner of a Gold Nugget Award of Merit from the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference and a Builder’s Choice Award of Merit from Builder Magazine, Riverwood Place provides partially-furnished efficiency studios with a kitchenette, bed and dresser. Residents enjoy many amenities and ample community space for organized activities including meetings and classes, bright reading nooks on each floor, and three private, landscaped courtyards with tables and seating. MidPen Resident Services Corp. provides residents with access to social services and onsite trainings and programs. Riverwood Place is situated with access to local shopping centers, a busy business district, universities, an amusement park and a local park. Bus and light rail service stops directly across the street from the community.
San Andreas represents a remarkable transformation of a dilapidated farm labor camp into a model affordable housing community for farmworker families. The San Andreas labor camp had been deemed uninhabitable by the County of Santa Cruz. MidPen Housing Corp. acquired the property, worked through complicated legal challenges, and provided financial support to a local nonprofit agency that helped relocate the residents while the labor camp was razed and rebuilt. San Andreas, built amid the strawberry fields where many residents work, reopened in June 2001; all of the prior residents who wanted to return were offered spacious townhouses or flats with backyards for private gardens. Additionally, MidPen Resident Services set up partnerships with many community groups to provide ESL classes, summer programs and other services to residents.
San Pedro Commons in Daly City provides affordable residential apartments for senior households age 55+. The location is ideal for senior housing, offering several amenities. It is located one-half block from the Colma BART station and is served by major bus lines. Residents can walk to community services and a large grocery store is less than one-half block from the building. Additionally, Seton Medical Center is less than one mile away. Residents enjoy views of the hillside or the triangular open-air courtyard from their units, as well as community room, patio, card room and library, and solarium. The project includes ground-floor commercial space on the San Pedro Road frontage.
MidPen Housing acquired the historic Saint Matthew Hotel building in downtown San Mateo for redevelopment of studio apartments and retail space, renamed Saint Matthew Apartments. Renovations included adding a steel seismic frame, new plumbing, heating, fire sprinkler systems, elevator and stairway. The resident studios were refurbished to include new bathrooms, efficiency kitchens, and laundry onsite. Additionally, the San Mateo County Mental Health program began to provide services to residents. The commercial portion of the building was earthquake retrofitted with assistance from San Mateo’s Storefront Improvement Program, and the storefronts were revived with new paint colors, vintage-inspired accents, and a walkway beautification plan. The property is listed in the National Historic Register of Historic Places and the community received an award from the California Preservation Foundation for “Excellence in Preservation and Re-use.”
The Fountains provides affordable rental housing for seniors in a quiet residential neighborhood in Mountain View, convenient to public transportation, community services and shopping. The development consists of 124 new one-bedroom apartments, designed and built by MidPen Housing Corp. in partnership with Bridge Housing and the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County. Residents of The Fountains enjoy private balconies or patios and neatly landscaped grounds with fountains, benches, and large shade trees. A community room located at the center of the property is available for organized activities and socializing. A computer center with Internet access is also available to residents. MidPen Property Management arranges for social services for the housing community.
MidPen purchased Timberwood, formerly a market-rate complex, and restructured the terms in order to transform it into high-quality affordable rental housing for families. The garden-style units are well designed and feature large walk-in closets, modern kitchens, and newly painted and carpeted interiors. Common areas are landscaped and offer facilities for community gatherings, as well as a large swimming pool and recreation room. Timberwood residents have easy access to the major freeways and a large neighborhood shopping center.
Via del Mar is a key element of an overall downtown revitalization effort in Watsonville. While the local economy is dominated by agriculture, Watsonville’s location in Santa Cruz County and proximity to affluent communities has pushed rents up to levels that are unaffordable to many who work in the fields or service industry. The City of Watsonville leased the Via del Mar site from the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District and then sought MidPen to develop the affordable housing community with designated apartments for farmworker families. Via del Mar includes a child care center for residents and their neighbors, operated by the Head Start Program. It is also within walking distance to downtown and public transportation, shopping, social services, library, schools and other educational facilities and cultural venues.
In the spring of 2000, MidPen Housing purchased a dilapidated trailer park that was at-risk of closure in order to convert it to permanent affordable housing. Completing extensive land renovations and habitat preservations, the hillside next to Pinto Lake in unincorporated Santa Cruz became Villas del Paraiso, affordable farmworker family housing. Villas del Paraiso rental apartments were constructed using manufactured housing materials as required by city ordinances. A community facility includes amenities such as a multi-use community room with kitchen, computer lab, and laundry room. Outdoors, there are two playgrounds, a soccer field, a basketball hoop, a viewing dock at the lake, and space for a community garden. Residents are also offered access to community resources and social services through MidPen Resident Services Corp.
Vista Meadows was developed by MidPen Housing with developer services provided by South County Housing. Providing 72 homes for low and very low-income seniors, ages 55 or older, the community also includes a community center, community gardens and a trellised barbeque area where seniors can gather. Vista Meadows provides many green measures including solar photovoltaic and solar thermal panels on building and carport roofs. The development has been designed to achieve 125 points by Build It Green standards.