Officials Kick Off Renovation Project on New Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara

POSTED: 01:29 PM PDT Apr 07, 2016    UPDATED: 03:45 PM PDT Apr 08, 2016 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HACSB) will hold a tour for community leaders and partner organization to celebrate the renovation kick off for Pearl Gardens and Sycamore Gardens family housing properties on Thursday.

Escrow for the properties closed on March 23rd and renovations are expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

Both properties were developed in the early seventies and renovations include new energy efficiency appliances, new windows, roofing, flooring, cabinets, tankless water heaters, and photovoltaic solar panels to reduce electric grid burden.

The renovation took nearly two months to complete and during that time residents were relocated to other housing authority properties.

“None of the residents were displaced and they get to keep their affordable rent and yet at the same time we get to fix up the units to what Santa Barbara standards expect of the Housing Authority”, said Rob Fredericks, Director of Santa Barbara Housing Authority.

Renovation for the two complexes cost 8.3 million dollars which was funded by the Housing Authority and Union Bank. The need for affordable housing is massive. Currently there are 5,000 people on a waiting list for units like this.

“We are currently closed for the public housing wait list and section 8 but there is other work force housing programs and senior housing programs that are available,” said Fredericks.

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