New Affordable Housing Community Breaks Ground in East Palo Alto

Community partners and public- and private-sector stakeholders came together to celebrate the groundbreaking of Colibri Commons, a co-development of EPACANDO and MidPen Housing.
February 2, 2024
Colibri Commons groundbreaking

EAST PALO ALTO, CA—Community partners and public- and private-sector stakeholders came together today to celebrate the groundbreaking of Colibri Commons, a co-development of EPACANDO and MidPen Housing.

Located at 965 Weeks Street on a city-owned site, Colibri Commons will deliver 136 new homes for families, with rents affordable to people earning between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income (currently $39,803-$147,180 depending on family size). Apartments will range from studios up to four bedrooms, and planned amenities include a community room with a kitchen, outdoor play areas, and an after-school learning center for resident children.

MidPen Property Management will professionally manage the community, and MidPen Services will provide free, onsite services such as employment preparation, exercise and nutrition classes, service coordination, and adult education services. The property expects to welcome new residents home in Summer 2025.

“Colibri Commons illustrates the power of community vision, perseverance, and collaboration” said Matthew O. Franklin, President and CEO of MidPen Housing. “Reaching today’s milestone took many years, collective will, and a near-record number of funding sources (11!). We applaud EPACANDO, a village of partners, and the City, County, and State leaders for their incredible commitment to affordable housing, and are excited to bring new homes and new opportunities to East Palo Alto.”

“Colibri Commons represents our best work– but our work is far from done,” said Supervisor Warren Slocum, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. “Let’s build on these strong partnerships and creative financing strategies to create many more affordable housing opportunities for people in communities across San Mateo County.”

“It has been a long journey to this groundbreaking,” said East Palo Alto Mayor Antonio López. “I am grateful to MidPen Housing, EPACANDO, the County, and a myriad of public- and private-sector partners for recognizing how critical it is to provide the community with quality, affordable housing opportunities.”

Financing for Colibri Commons is being provided through public and private sources including the City of East Palo Alto, County of San Mateo, Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Wells Fargo, California Community Reinvestment Corporation, HEART of San Mateo County, Strategic Growth Council, California Department of Housing and Community Development, California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, California Debt Limit Allocation Committee, and California Municipal Finance Authority. The architect is David Baker Architects, and the general contractor is Blach Construction.

Visit www.midpen-housing.org to learn more about MidPen Housing, and www.epacando.org for information about EPACANDO. Interested prospective residents may visit https://www.midpen-housing.org/property/colibri-commons/ to join the interest list.