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Two Affordable Housing Developments in the Works

Petaluma has a critical shortage of affordable housing, including for seniors

 

If you’ve searched for rentals in Petaluma recently, you know that finding something affordable is difficult.

Prices keep going up, in part because there just aren’t that many available units and in part because there is no rent control. (The fact that Petaluma is such a desirable place is another reason.)

To meet the critical need for housing, two projects are currently in the works, both slated to be completed within a year.

The first is Logan Place, a 66-unit development on Petaluma Boulevard North and Shasta Avenue. The project broke ground last year and is expected to open this September, according to Burbank Housing, an affordable housing developer based in Santa Rosa.

Logan Place came close to having its funding pulled, or at least significantly delayed, after Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to cut $12.5 billion from the state budget in 2010. But after calls by Mayor Dave Glass and then Assemblyman Jared Huffman, the funding was restored.

Residents of Logan Place will look out onto the Petaluma Bounty Community Farm and we hear that there are plans to collaborate to bring nutritious food to low-income residents.

The second affordable housing project is Kellgren Senior Apartments off North McDowell Boulevard near Corona Road, scheduled to open in early 2014. The 49-unit development will have one-bedroom apartments for qualifying seniors and is named after Tim Kellgren, the pastor of Elim Lutheran Church. It will include gardens, a community room, and resident services and is a project of Petaluma Ecumenical Properties (PEP).

According to Petaluma Housing Director Bonnie Gaebler, seniors and Latino families are two biggest groups in need of affordable housing in Petaluma.

Have you had to search for affordable housing in Petaluma? If so, we want to hear your story. Tell us in the comments or email karina@patch.com

Buuba Six Pack February 03, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Ever consider slapping a cork in the old bastard cannon? Or taking last names? Why is your lifestyle my bill?
Roger February 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM
North Dakota has an oil boom now. Tons of open jobs with good pay. Americans are known for moving where the work is. Let's keep that tradition going. Many of our great grand parents left Europe for America for that very reason, and look what greatness they helped create. Nothing provides shelter better than a good job. It is scary to move, but being brave is what brought workers to the US in the first place.
Guru Petalumu February 06, 2013 at 05:18 PM
"Freeways that need constant widening"? There is one freeway, dating from the 1950's, and it has never been widened. WTF? This is deferred work that should have been done a generation ago. "Not enough water"? Again, we don't live in a desert. This climate has more than enough water to support a much higher population. Particularly, since there are few industrial users (as in Employers). Do an honest analysis - there is no water shortage in the 101 corridor of central and southern Sonoma county. The expense of living in Petaluma is directly a result of building codes and restrictions on building new units. Call it the "marin disease". Or California NIMBYism. There is more than enough land in the area - it is a conscious choice by planners and their baby boomer rentier class of neoliberals to keep housing expensive in California. At this point, Petaluma real estate values are similarly priced to Santa Barbara. That is historically unprecedented - and not sustainable. Lastly, don't talk to us about "over population". If you mean illegal immigration, just say it. Organic population growth in Petaluma is non-existent. Low income residents and their children are mostly non-English speakers that are recent immigrants. Please be a little more honest with what is really going on.
Guru Petalumu February 06, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Encourage Affordable Housing in Petaluma. Seriously. If low income rentals are built, it will take another brick out of the foundation of Petaluma's real estate market. Why buy a house at an over-inflated price, when you can rent risk-free? Affordable rental housing = reduced property values. Bring it on.
Tiffany May 10, 2013 at 02:49 AM
What do I have to do to get in one a these places? I'm a single mom of a two year old and I'm disabled ?

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