Monday, May 4, 2015

Eden Housing celebrates grand opening of Monteverde Senior Apartments

News from NHC's family of members
by Radiah Shabazz, National Housing Conference



NHC member Eden Housing recently celebrated the grand opening of Monteverde Senior Apartments in Orinda, California. Monteverde provides housing to extremely low-income older adults who earn at or below 30 to 50 percent of Contra Costa County’s area median income. In partnership with the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County, Eden received a 15-year project-based voucher commitment for 100 percent of the units, which enables Eden to serve older adults who rely chiefly on social security benefits.

Monteverde features several community amenities for its residents, including an exercise room, a library and learning center, a courtyard and community garden and a community room. The development also incorporates solar hot water heating and photovoltaic electrical systems for sustainability, all of which contribute to residents’ increased ability to age in place. These systems keep costs low for residents by providing lower utility costs.

“This is truly a spectacular site for an affordable older adult community,” Eden Housing Board member Jim Kennedy said in a press release. “The location perfectly suits an aging population, allowing them to readily access the Orinda Community Park, Community Center, and Public Library, as well as nearby services, a major grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, retail stores and the nearby BART.”

Affordable housing, coupled with access to supportive services, allow older adults to have an improved ability to age independently. Amenity-rich communities also aid in the overall quality of life of residents. Our Annual Gala will honor two comprehensive community development campaigns, both of which also provide support for their residents to ensure healthy, independent lifestyles and improved quality of life. Read more about our honorees and plan to attend the Gala on June 11 at the National Building Museum.

Several local officials and dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the grand opening. Speakers included City of Orinda Mayor Steve Glazer, Contra Costa Housing Authority Executive Director Joseph Villareal, and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (Ca.-11). 

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