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  • HR2.10 The Ontario Rental Housing Project

    Total Project Cost: $810,000
    Project Number: CCD.H04ONT
    Funding Sources: 2004 General Obligation Bonds
    Completion Date: May 2018 
    Managing Dept.: Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation
    Project Map: GIS Map

    The Pima County Community Land Trust (PCCLT) - an AZ nonprofit corporation - acquired the Ontario Street property in Barrio Hollywood where they built a new six-home project, “Casa Ontario”, for low-moderate income tenants, especially those interested in PCCLT’s rental to homeownership incubation program. The project addressed neighborhood concerns about the decreasing affordability in older, downtown neighborhoods, and the interest of would-be homebuyers not financially ready to purchase.

    Each three bedroom, two-bath house (one is fully accessible to accommodate disabled persons) is built to the City’s Bronze Green Build standard. Installation of low water use landscaping and bicycle racks encourage alternate modes of transportation. Many nearby community amenities include El Rio Community Center, several grocery stores, medical clinics, a hospital, churches and parks add convenience - saving transportation costs and increasing quality of life for the Casa Ontario tenants.

    HOME Program Rent Limits will allow tenant to save for the purchase of another home. PCCLT tenant stewardship programs will help them plan for homeownership, but not at Casa Ontario. The project will remain affordable rental housing for low income tenants at 80% Area Median Income, or below, for a period of 20 years as provided by a Performance Deed of Trust recorded at the Pima County Recorder’s Office. During the period of affordability, Casa Ontario will be monitored by Pima County Housing Center staff.

    Established in 2010, PCCLT actively manages over 10 rental units and 100 homeownership units in its growing portfolio of affordable housing. Its Board of Directors actively supports innovative PCCLT stewardship programs and affordable housing projects.
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