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Low Income Goleta Housing Upgrades to Break Ground
updated: Jul 24, 2015, 8:00 AM

 By the Dedicated Staff of

A low income apartment building in Old Town Goleta will be receiving $18 million in renovations. The nonprofit organization, Peoples’s Self-Help Housing (PSHH), will break ground on August 19 to renovate the Villa la Esperanza Apartments.

The budget plan allows a renovation of 83 units for $12 million and new construction of a community room for $6 million.


An artist’s rendering of the completed project. (Peoples’ Self-Help Housing)

Villa la Esperanza was originally constructed in 1971 under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s  236 Program and was owned and operated by the Goleta Valley Housing Committee (GVHC) — a single-asset non-profit — prior to PSHHC assuming management and ownership. The Aug. 19 ceremony will recognize the original sponsors and members of the Goleta Valley Housing Committee who were responsible for the construction of the complex in 1970, as well as the final members of the committee at the time of the transfer in 2014.

The property currently consists of 75 units, including eight five-bedroom units that were reportedly underutilized and don’t meet current needs. As part of the major rehabilitation project, PSHH will convert seven of the five-bedroom units to smaller apartments, increasing the total number of units to 83. PSHH will also be constructing a new 5,000 square foot, two-story community building that will include a Youth Learning Center, community room, community kitchen, laundry facilities, two tot lots, playground and barbecue area. It will additionally feature office space for a manager, assistant manager and resident services coordinator. 

New energy and water saving features will also be installed, included synthetic turf, water conserving hardscape and landscaping, state-of-the-art “smart” water controls, new drip irrigation system, and replacement of external lighting with energy-saving LED fixtures.

The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony and press conference announcing the major rehabilitation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments, 131 S. Kellogg Ave., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.?


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