Grand Opening for New Affordable Rental Housing

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Jardin de las Rosas (courtesy photo)

A grand opening celebration took place last week for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) Jardin de las Rosas, an affordable rental housing project in Santa Barbara.

Located at 510 N. Salsipuedes Street, the 40 rentals consist of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units with a Michael Towbes Community Center and Jeanette Duncan Learning Center, which will offer supportive services like educational programs for children and workforce preparedness for adults.

The property also has a multi-purpose room, staff offices, an interior courtyard with a "tot lot," a playground, and a 35-foot-wide mural by local artists.

The housing development recently received the top GreenPoint ranking for its environmental friendliness by Build it Green, a professional non-profit membership organization that sets the standard for green homes.

“It is exciting and rewarding for us to know that our new developments are offering more than just affordable housing for the Central Coast,” said John Fowler, President & CEO of PSHH. “We consciously build our properties to be environmentally friendly and I am so proud that JDLR not only meets but exceeds green standards.”

Some features that earned the development project the Platinum GreenPoint rating include stormwater management through bio-retention swales in the landscaping, durable moisture and fire-resistant materials used, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting, a rooftop solar photovoltaic system to provide electricity to common areas, just to name a few.

The property is located in a priority housing overlay zone that was identified through the community input process which informed the City’s Plan Santa Barbara outreach effort.  According to PSHH, it is one of the first projects approved through the City’s pilot program under the new ordinance, and a key implementation action of the City’s General Plan.

Funding agencies include California Community Reinvestment Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase, City of Santa Barbara, HOME & Redevelopment, Goleta Valley Housing Committee, and Enterprise Community Partners. Development partners include architects Peikert + RRM Design Group, landscape architect Robert Andrew Fowler, civil engineer Stantec and structural engineer Ashley & Vance Engineering Inc.

First-year financial support for the new learning center and educational programs at JDLR has been provided by the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara, the Williams-Corbett Family Foundation, Pacific Premier Bank, and First Republic Bank.

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Factotum Apr 26, 2018 10:38 AM
Grand Opening for New Affordable Rental Housing

When I hear the never-ending demand for "affordable" housing, here is what I hear: I refuse to commute to areas I can afford; I refuse to buy an in town mobile home; I refuse to acquire the skill sets necessary that allow me to live in a premium priced coastal location; I refuse to take a government job; I want something for nothing; I want someone else to give me their money. 20% of our housing is now permanently dedicated low-income and/or senior affordable. Anything more than the current 20% we already have will undermine a necessary and thriving market economy. Final message: live within your means and make your choices accordingly.

macpuzl Apr 25, 2018 05:26 PM
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"Transparent California" is hardly an objective source of information, given that it is run by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, a bunch of Teabagger troglodytes.

Factotum Apr 26, 2018 09:39 AM
Grand Opening for New Affordable Rental Housing

Transparent California is a collection of data provided by the reporting agencies themselves. Same information is also available from the state treasurers office, but not as readily accessible. There in nothing wrong with the Transparent California data; except taxpayers finally learning what they are paying government "civil servants" and giving lie to an annual dunning taxpayers get from those same government employee unions. Bookmark Transparent California and look up every government employee and elected official's name when they tell you they are underpaid, overworked and under appreciated. This is a very revealing exercise and may motivate you to vote differently in the next elections, instead of automatically backing the union supported candidates..

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 09:02 AM
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Teacher pay in Santa Barbara: You have to go past page five with 50 school employee names a page on Transparent California before you can find any teacher making less than $100K for a nine month year. Plus Transparent California busts the other teacher union myth - there are too many highly paid administrators. There are some naturally, and they do work a 12 month year, so they on average don't make much more than teachers who work only a nine month year. By far the pages and pages of local teachers making well over $100K for their 9 month contract (180 days) are the facts on the table.

Factotum Apr 26, 2018 09:45 AM
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Most people work hard and often take work home with them. Either teachers are well-paid "professionals" or salaried and fungible hourly workers. Can't have it both ways. There is classroom prep time since most classes are out by 3pm, allowing several more hours in the typical 8 hour work day. Use them wisely. Average teacher salaries are meaninless since this includes many who work part time or are substitutes. Bottomline: taxpayers fund FT teachers well over $100K a year for a 9 month year. California is ranked near the top nations wide in teacher pay and yet again score near the bottom in student ourcomes - just recently only above Alaska as #49 math, but typically #45 Nationwide for both English and Math. Top paid teachers and lowest performing students is an egregious success model. Heal thyself, California teachers.

Factotum Apr 26, 2018 08:33 PM
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Civilengineer, why are you still disputing the state treasurer and agency's ow data submitted to Transparent Califoria? Do you find the actual amount paid to teachers surprising? Where have you been getting your data to the contrary. Please share, because you can't just make things up or twist actual facts to support some other agenda. Be proud we pay our teachers so much. California voters supported Prop 98 that requires 50% of all general state tax revenues are dedicated only to education in this state. We pay teachers extremely well. Now let's work on getting matching results for our students. That needs to be the primary concern; not misrepresenting public facts about teacher compensation.

CivilEngineer Apr 26, 2018 09:26 AM
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Always messing with the statistics, right? Since teachers make on average 77K in 9 months, you can make that look like 100K if you assume they can work somewhere else for the other 3 mos at the same pay. My understanding is the 9 mo salary is based on the fact that they work longer than 8 hrs /day by the time you add in grading and other activities. And they don't get the full summer off, either, I see them back at school early getting their classrooms and curricula ready. So doubt very much that the 3 mo pay is anywhere close to what you are assuming.

d8vanilla Apr 25, 2018 08:46 AM
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I think it would be better, if the City at least allowed interest on the money paid to buy an affordable place. No incentive to move out, and allow another struggling family to move in.

CivilEngineer Apr 25, 2018 08:42 AM
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When we were looking for a house a few years ago, our realtor showed us a condo in an affordable housing complex. Apparently if the unit falls into foreclosure it then can be sold for market rates. So much for keeping housing affordable. And if the people building these units didn't foresee this problem, they shouldn't be given our money to waste.

d8vanilla Apr 25, 2018 08:40 AM
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I think there is lot's of fraud, which is rarely ever caught. One couple I know, applied and included their adult son, but the son NEVER ever lived there. They were able to get a 3 bedroom place..... I consider that fraud. Another person, has been able to buy 2 other houses, but put title in their young daughters names..... I consider that fraud. The houses were rentals for many years, and one daughter lives in one now....

d8vanilla Apr 25, 2018 08:36 AM
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@factotun - There is no incentive to leave.... The selling price is locked-in by the City, so the occupant doesn't make any profit at all..... They started a new program, where you can get credit / reimbursement for out of pocket for fixing/upgrading things that make the place better..... Like replacing the windows, etc.

d8vanilla Apr 25, 2018 08:33 AM
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If you are buying, and your income goes up, you will NOT get kicked out. In fact, with your current low income, it's a struggle to afford to live there....

d8vanilla Apr 25, 2018 08:31 AM
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The "lock-in" for open market selling of an affordable housing, is 90 years..... Used to be 20yrs, then bumped up to 30yrs, then 40yrs, then 90 years !!! But, the system has a catch 22..... many years ago, I looked at buying a unit, and my income was low enough, but with my low income, I wouldn't have been able to afford to live there !!!! I didn't make enough money to afford the monthly mortgage and all the other expenses with owning......

Factotum Apr 24, 2018 10:06 PM
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Anyone who claims we need family housing in this town has not driven the Hollister corridor in Goleta lately - tons of family housing. For "young professionals". They don't need or want tiny rabbit warrens with no parking or unsafe downtown neighborhoods. Goleta is supplying plenty of housing along with good schools, as they always have.

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 08:50 AM
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Who is buying those rows and rows and rows of new housing in Goleta - if they are selling they are affordable. It is the recent grads from UCSB with no skill sets who demand to continue living in this area and that someone else is now also supposed to provide them housing -that is where the bulk of this demand for "affordable" housing comes from - the young entitlement set. Government is the biggest employer and they pay huge starting salaries - or rather tax payers pay them huge starting salaries and that is just the beginning of their career renumeration. The rest who have insufficient skill sets or refuse to take government jobs, have chosen the wrong location for themselves. Plus the reality is it will always take two incomes if one wants to stay in town, so double up.

bosco Apr 24, 2018 10:44 PM
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It's not just about young single professionals. It's about working professionals with families. The average price for a single family home in Goleta is still around 1M. That is not affordable for your average two income working professional family. The local industry is losing skilled/professional workers directly due to cost of housing and hiring experienced employees from out of the area is next to impossible. I'm not sure what world you're living in if you believe there is plenty of of housing in Goleta.

mattyboy Apr 24, 2018 09:01 PM
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Unit Type & Number Proposed Rent including utilities 1 1 Bedroom $676 1 1 Bedroom $752 3 1 Bedroom $902 3 2 Bedrooms $811 7 2 Bedrooms $902 11 2 Bedrooms $1,082 2 3 Bedrooms $938 2 3 Bedrooms $1,043 9 3 Bedrooms $1,251 1 2 Bedrooms Manager’s Unit Manager’s Unit $0

a-1527002601 Apr 24, 2018 01:32 PM
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I'm glad they are for rent, and not to buy. The programs where people buy at subsidized rates, but then get to sell at full market rate at some specified future date, are a terrible idea--and yet they're are many of those around. These, at least, can be kept "affordable" forever.

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 03:15 PM
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Ever think the businesses picked the wrong place to do business if they can't afford to pay their employees to live here? Why should the rest of us be required to make up the difference. Unlikely those marginal businesses are even contributing that much to the city's bottom line anyway. There is no reason locals should bail out other people's poor business plans and be required to offer them subsidized housing. The business needs to move to a locale where their bottomline pencils out better than the high housing cost Santa Barbara area. This is basic business economics, folks. "First responders" are paid hugely so don't even raise that argument. Low skill, low income jobs at one time were great for students but now they coast on student loans they often never intend to pay back. Something went very wrong when the "government" is supposed to provide for all wants.

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 11:33 AM
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The teachers unions decide how much goes for benefits and how much goes for take-home pay. Taxpayers pay the full amount regardless of how the teachers unions dole this full amount out to their members. Would teachers on their own pay as much as they now currently pay for deluxe health insurance and set aside as much for their very nice pensions? That is for the teachers to decide with their unions. Bottomline: tax payers fund the full amount and that is the only number that counts. Taxpayers also fund their $1000 a year union dues that goes directly to the union bosses? Want an immediate $1000 raise, decertify your current very expensive union membership.

mm1970 Apr 25, 2018 09:48 AM
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Lots of people like to point to the "total compensation" for some of the more experienced teachers - they factor in pension and benefits (health/ dental). While yes, the "total compensation" = "what the taxpayers have to pay for", it does not equal the amount of money that teachers actually make in a year. And even among the most experienced teachers I know (some who are at 35-40 years), not a single one of them makes a salary of above $90k.

mm1970 Apr 25, 2018 09:49 AM
Grand Opening for New Affordable Rental Housing

Lots of people like to point to the "total compensation" for some of the more experienced teachers - they factor in pension and benefits (health/ dental). While yes, the "total compensation" = "what the taxpayers have to pay for", it does not equal the amount of money that teachers actually make in a year. And even among the most experienced teachers I know (some who are at 35-40 years), not a single one of them makes a salary of above $90k.

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 08:53 AM
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Transparent California tells you exactly what teachers are paid in this city by name and by position. For a nine month year. They have the option to work elsewhere for those three free months and increase their income accordingly. The $100K a year claim holds, and that is just the beginning. Add a dual income and you f ind teachers quickly become part of the 1%. Stop misrepresenting this - Transparent California busts the chronic teacher union myths about teachers being "under-paid".

sbdude Apr 25, 2018 07:20 AM
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The most a teacher can make in SB is about $91k/year. That's with a master's degree and 23 years on the job. The salary schedules are public and available at sbunified.org

Factotum Apr 24, 2018 10:03 PM
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Teachers make over $100K a year for a nine month year. Enrollments are declining. You don't need public subsidies for housing too to get the few teachers you will need in the future. Applications run 40 deep for each position.

a-1527002601 Apr 24, 2018 04:45 PM
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Sorry but this is wrong. This area needs more of both. Local businesses are struggling to hire working professionals because cost of housing is displacing the middle and upper middle class. The few people lucky enough to buy at subsidized rates are providing much needed workforce. If you want teachers, doctors, engineers, etc. to live and raise families here, you need subsidized properties to buy (not just cheap 2 bedroom rentals). I personally know people in some of the programs you speak of and they are extremely grateful. And no, they can't sell at full market rate. That is just plain wrong information.

a-1527002601 Apr 26, 2018 09:36 AM
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You say, 'nonprofit free housing'--- is it so that Habitat for Humanity housing pays no property taxes, therefore, no school fees and no school bond fees that the occupants can (and probably do) vote for? If that's so, that's what keeps the rental prices down.

Factotum Apr 24, 2018 02:00 PM
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You don't feed the city pensions by taking more private property off the property tax rolls, and creating even more non-profit tax free housing. Nor concentrating even more people with little discretionary income around the central business district. The problem with Santa Barbara is lack of turn-over, not lack of inventory. People come here and they stay. You cannot build your way out of this. It is a fact of premium location real estate. The only way the city can feed its pensions is to have more multi-million dollar property ownership, with no "affordable" strings attached. That is the only way the city can even begin dig itself out of its self-inflicted pension mess. The other way is renegotiate all city employee contracts.

CivilEngineer Apr 24, 2018 11:29 AM
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The small businesses in the area are very worried that all of the on-street parking that was used by their clients will now be occupied by the tenants living in this high density building. Of course it doesn't have enough parking spaces for the people that live there thanks to the SB City Planning Dept. But for the few people that won the housing lottery and get great rents, they are doing pretty well. It seems like we are in the business of picking winners and losers with our current system.

a-1527002601 Apr 24, 2018 11:13 AM
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What a joke. While I believe there are some deserving folks getting affordable housing, I personally know of one couple where the husband is a menace to society and sues everyone - and doesn't work b/c he's a control freak who beats his wife and wants to control the children, and they are scamming the system. He get court fee waivers consistently to sue his next victim. Luckily he is now up on felony charges for wife battering (he was already convicted as a misdemeanor 3 years ago), why is he still allowed to live in taxpayer funded affordable housing?

a-1527002601 Apr 25, 2018 06:47 AM
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Innocent until proven guilty? The guy BEAT his wife. While on probation for the other battery. He is a total creep, he has professional credentials that he touts and could work, but doesn't b/c he scams the system and no one will keep him around b/c of his abusive personality. I personally don't need to go to work everyday, slaving away, to subsidize people like this who are completely undeserving.

a-1527002601 Apr 25, 2018 06:47 AM
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Innocent until proven guilty? The guy BEAT his wife. While on probation for the other battery. He is a total creep, he has professional credentials that he touts and could work, but doesn't b/c he scams the system and no one will keep him around b/c of his abusive personality. I personally don't need to go to work everyday, slaving away, to subsidize people like this who are completely undeserving.

a-1527002601 Apr 24, 2018 02:42 PM
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Be mad at the system, not the man using the built-in loopholes. We cannot, as a society, punish people indefinitely and indiscriminately for their crimes. That is wrong, and shows a huge lack of confidence in our punishment/rehabilitation strategies (not that this isn't for good reason, but we must work with what we've got or elect people who will change it). Devil's advocating here: He was already punished for the misdemeanor, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty of the felony. Again, your beef is with the system. When you elect representatives, at any level, things like this are exactly why we should do our research on the candidates. It's the only way we can fix these broken systems.

Factotum Apr 24, 2018 02:04 PM
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Lots are scamming the current city housing scheme. And the city refuses to audit them, let alone displace them. Once people get into the city housing program, they never leave. Some where found to even sub-let their public housing units for a profit as an audit of county housing discovered years ago. Run the numbers, how many subsidized tax free units can this city absorb before it sickens and dies completely. We are now well over 20% of the housing being public subsidized. in one way or another. And the property tax burden that feeds the city budget now falls on fewer and fewer people. Do the math.

bosco Apr 24, 2018 10:56 AM
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I have asked this before but never got an answer. If there are income restrictions, what happens if the family's income rises above the limit? Do they get kicked out? That would seem counterproductive. Are there work requirements? I'm all for low income housing for local workforce, but it's frustrating seeing the middle class getting left out. Make too much for low income, but can't afford a million dollar home?... good luck.

Factotum Apr 25, 2018 09:06 AM
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Wages in the public sector have not stagnated at all. And government is the largest employer in this county. Transparent California tracks what taxpayers are paying public workers who get raises, longevity increases, benefits increases and COLA virtually automatically. All out of your pocket.

a-1527002601 Apr 24, 2018 08:55 PM
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People's income going up? Where? The only folks who see their income go up are those who don't qualify for affordable housing and don't need it. Wages have been stagnating for the the past 25 years.

Potif Apr 24, 2018 04:45 PM
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Their rent is based on a percentage of their income. But, I admit I don't know what happens if their income should rise above the 'low income' limits.

mm1970 Apr 24, 2018 01:00 PM
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Probably? It's not particularly clear, but if you go to the website, they list what the income requirements are for each property, and note which properties are for "low" and "very low" income. When a former coworker of mine lived in a subsidized apartment, as her income went up so did her rent.

420722 Apr 24, 2018 10:54 AM
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“Environmentally friendly”, “Green”? I’m sorry but I feel that the couple of single family dwellings that were on that block before they built this mega complex was much more green and environmentally friendly.

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