Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Receives Gold Nugget Award for Best Affordable Housing Project

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
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The Gold Nugget Awards are a centerpiece of PCBC – Homebuilding’s Premier Tradeshow and Conference. They were conceived to recognize builders, developers, architects and landplanners’ excellence across the nation and internationally. The Gold Nugget contest, marking its 50th anniversary, drew 533 entries in 49 categories — from custom homes to international ventures planned, designed, developed or built in the U.S. or other countries.

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara served as developer of Bradley Studios, with McGillivray Construction as builder, and Peikert Group Architects, LLP, as designer. The panel of judges noted Bradley Studios stood out for its “gracious hat-tip to California Craftsman style.” An infill project that replaced blighted buildings, Bradley Studios street side presence was designed to appear as a group of small homes, but is actually one structure, with separate buildings connected by walkways.

Bradley Studios is not only an innovative and environmentally responsible design, but as the judges pointed out, a community-minded project that caters to those in need. It is home to low and extremely low income residents with special needs earning less than 60% of area median income ($33,480 for one person), and are seeking a supportive community in which they can thrive actively and independently. Onsite amenities include community and recreation rooms as well as social service offices for mental health treatment, addiction counseling, job training and life skills classes.

“We are grateful to our project partners for making it possible to provide housing that addresses priority needs of our community,” said Rob Pearson, Executive Director and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara. “We are proving the value of innovative, collaborative housing programs in our community – not just to provide shelter, but to keep people moving successfully from need to independence.”

About the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is a local public agency created for the purpose of providing safe, decent, and quality affordable housing and supportive services to eligible persons with limited incomes, through a variety of federal, state, local and private resources. Since 1969, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara has developed and/or secured over 3,000 units of affordable rental housing for Santa Barbara. Please visit the website at


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Here is a link to photos: Looks really good.

Now, what about affordable commercial rents for local small business owners and professionals?

I am glad we are helping the mentally ill, the addicts, and the destitute, but we are at a point in this town where even medical professionals can't afford the rents. My physical therapist is looking for new digs because the owner now wants $4,000/month for the shack where she has a small office.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
June 25, 2013 at 11:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Housing Authority helps people from all walks of life and all ages. They have a place for the senior, both retired and still working. They help hard working people with families. They are giving back to needy members of the community who for decades have lived and worked in this town.

It is shameful the landlords feel they must raise and ask for such high rents. This activity has crippled our retailers and small businesses. Professionals, our nurses and health workers have long had to commute from Ventura and Oxnard south, and Lompoc and Santa Maria north.

samuel (anonymous profile)
June 26, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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