Rancho de Soto Apartments
After being selected for financing a Farm Labor Housing project in Orland, California in 2000, the City of Orland placed a building moratorium on building the project. Fortunately, the State of California's Farmworker Housing program, the construction lender, and USDA-Rural Development were willing to shift their commitments to a different project site. The developer lost the Low Income Housing Tax Credits for the original project and needed to reapply for the tax credits. After three additional applications the project was finally awarded new federal low income tax credits in 2003. Construction began on the 33 unit Rancho de Soto apartments in November of 2003 and was completed in early 2005. Full occupancy has been maintained and community feedback has been very positive. The spirit of community is alive and thriving at the complex with many tenants taking advantage of the various educational, ESL, nutrition, dance, and budgeting classes offered to them.
This project over came several hurdles to achieve their goal of farm labor housing and is truly an asset to the community of Orland, CA. In addition, it is a three story development, a rarity in small, rural communities. It was built as a three story development to take advantage of greater density on the site.
This project over came several hurdles to achieve their goal of farm labor housing and is truly an asset to the community of Orland, CA. In addition, it is a three story development unheard of in small, rural communities; built before its time to take advantage of greater density on the site.
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Pictures courtesy of Marie Demers, CHIP