The remaining 27 homes provided first-time homeownership opportunities for households earning 120% or less of the county’s median household income. These included teachers, nurses, city and county employees, entry-level professionals and special-needs households, such as those caring for foster children or developmentally disabled adults.
The one- and two-story homes in the award-winning project were built by CHISPA’s subsidiary construction company Central Coast Residential Builders. The homes were sold through a lottery to qualified applicants at prices affordable to the individual households at their income level.
The Mesquite Manor homes, which range from 1,100 to 1,500 square feet, all have two baths and three or four bedrooms. There are five different floor plans and multiple elevations on 4,000 to 5,000 square-foot lots.
The homes are built with wood-frame construction, slab foundations, stucco exteriors, tile roofs and two-car garages. A park, elementary school, shopping center and public transportation are all within walking distance of the neighborhood.
“The Innovation in Workforce Housing Awards emphasize creativity in community design, financing and in partnering with other community groups,” said Bobby Rayburn, immediate past president of NAHB and a home and apartment builder from Jackson, Miss. “Mesquite Manor is an excellent example of a development that is meeting the needs of working families in a very expensive housing market.”
For more information about workforce housing and these awards, including eligibility requirements, click here; or e-mail Kym Kilbourne at NAHB, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8447.
Award photograph by Oscar Einzig Photographers
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