New Affordable, Handicap Accessible Housing Authority Apartments Exemplify Smart Growth Infill Development Model

Built on Housing Authority previously owned underutilized space, the units will provide resource-efficient downtown housing to members of the community with disabilities and limited income. The Housing Authority is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house this week to celebrate the newly constructed handicap accessible units at 231 West Ortega Street.

“This development is unique because we are not only supporting members of the community with disabilities, we are also adding to the inventory of affordable housing at a time when funds are certainly limited,” said Rob Pearson, Executive Director and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

The two single-story units are the Housing Authority’s latest example of smart growth and infill development, elements of the City of Santa Barbara’s proposed General Plan update. Constructing the units on excess Public Housing land, the Housing Authority was able to cut potential costs while adding to the appropriate density of existing housing, and providing quality affordable, handicap accessible housing. The new residents will move in on Friday, July 1.

In an effort to support all members of the community with limited income, the Housing Authority is fully ADA-compliant in 100% of new construction.


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