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  • Affordable housing built with County bond funding opening in Barrio Hollywood

    Mar 23, 2018 | Read More News
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    File: interior of a Casas Ontario homeFamilies working toward home ownership soon will occupy a new in-fill, rental housing development in Tucson’s Westside Barrio Hollywood built with Pima County HOME and general obligation bond funds. 

    A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place Wednesday, March 28 at Casas Ontario, 1515 W. Ontario St. at 10:30 a.m. in conjunction with the Pima County Community Land Trust, the independent non-profit, which served as developer on the project. Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías, who represents the neighborhood, will serve as keynote speaker for the event.

    Built by Carrera Custom Homes, Inc., each of the six frame and stucco, 1,320 square-foot homes offers future tenants three bedrooms, two baths, portico entries and on-site parking. The project received a Silver Rating for energy efficiency, indoor air quality and water conservation under the City of Tucson’s Residential Green Building Rating System

    “Adding new homeowners to Barrio Hollywood will help ensure it remains one of the most vibrant, most connected and most engaged neighborhoods in our community,” Pima County Housing Center Manager Marcos Ysmael said. “Homeowners are by definition invested in where they live. This complex will help six families put down roots here.”

    County funding required the project benefit low-income families enrolled in the PCCLT’s Stewardship Program which prepares participants for homeownership through a combination of case management and a slate of two-hour workshops on topics including financial literacy, home maintenance and financial planning.

    File: Casas Ontario homeThrough a competitive application process, Pima County awarded $410,000 in federal HOME Investment Partnership Program funds and $400,000 in Pima County Affordable Housing Program Bond funds to the Land Trust. Additional financial backing came from the City of Tucson, the Pascua Yaqui Nation and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. The project design team, including The Planning Center, Wheat Design Group and the Barrio Hollywood Neighborhood Association, incorporated community input to ensure the project blended into the historic, residential character of Barrio Hollywood.

    Following festivities, guests may tour the homes and potential residents may submit applications. Interviews with the designers and project managers or current Stewardship Program participants can be arranged with advance notice.