HOUSING PROJECTS UNDERWAY
FARMWORKER MOBILE HOUSING
We see them working in the fields and we enjoy the fruits of their labor. But, where do they sleep at night, and where do they shower or cook a warm meal? The truth is many are found camping along creeks or adjacent to the fields. Men and women traveling alone away from home for months, harvesting California’s bounty. They are big in numbers yet largely silent and unseen. At CHD, we believe this is wrong and it’s time to make it right. California’s seasonal farmworkers deserve a safe, clean and affordable place to rest.
Our solution is this: 10 RVs, each sleeping six workers, travel together and follow the path of the harvest in Sonoma, Lake, San Joaquin, and the Northern Sacramento Valley regions. They set up camp for peak harvest stays on grower-owned land or in RV parks. The homes are made affordable through subsidies and modest fees to the workers. As demand increases, more groups are added.
Making it Real
CHD’s mobile housing plan is in the pre-development phase. If you are interested in helping to make this innovative housing solution a reality, please connect with us!
Construction is slated to begin in winter 2016 for the new Ortiz Plaza apartment complex to house low-income farmworker families in Sonoma County. The complex, to be built on a vacant 1.78 acres lot in northern Santa Rosa, is close to farms and vineyards making it an ideal location for those working in the agricultural industry.
Ortiz Plaza will consist of four two-story buildings creating 30 homes, each with two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms. The buildings will encircle a single level community center with laundry facilities, a management office, kitchen, covered patio, a BBQ/picnic area, and a children’s playground. Community gardens and space for teen recreational activities are included in the design.
In keeping with CHD’s holistic approach to housing development, onsite services such as English as a Second Language, citizenship workshops, financial literacy classes, health services outreach, mentoring programs, computer classes, educational and after school programs, and nutrition programs will be offered.
Ortiz Plaza is financed with USDA rural development funds, Sonoma County Community Development Commission funds, tax credits bonds, and donations.