PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 20, 2014

Groundbreaking for New Low Income Seniors Residence

New Low Income Seniors Residence Breaks Ground in Santa Barbara

October 20, 2014, Santa Barbara, Calif. - Low income Santa Barbara seniors will soon have an additional housing option. After several years in the architectural planning and permitting process, Community Achievement Enterprise, headed up by its President, Pastor Wallace K. Shepherd, Jr., broke ground this month on a new seniors-only apartment complex on East Mason Street in Santa Barbara. CAE, a local non-profit and subsidiary of Second Baptist Church, will be the managing agent for the new development.

The new building, currently referenced as H. B. Thomas Manor, was approved by the City of Santa Barbara as a Project Based Voucher, Section 8 development. The 6 one-bedroom apartment units will each have a private terrace and will feature energy star-rated appliances. Their location — close to downtown and other public services – will make travel easier, enabling residents to be less dependent on the use of private automobiles.

According to President Shepherd, “The new residence will contribute toward decreasing the local housing crisis, and hopefully will act as a model for other organizations, businesses and places of faith that have underutilized space. It will be constructed on Second Baptist Church property, which has served the Santa Barbara community for over one hundred years. Residents need not be members or attendees of the church.”

CAE anticipates project completion prior to Summer 2015. For more information, contact President Shepherd at (805) 636-8133.

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