Emerald Vista Wins Urban Land Institute's Kemp Award

Emerald Vista Wins Urban Land Institute's Kemp Award


Emerald Vista Wins Urban Land Institute's Kemp Award

Nathan Ho, Policy & Communications Manager
(510) 247-8193, nho@edenhousing.org

Hayward, CA—October 23, 2014—Eden Housing President Linda Mandolini and former Dublin city manager, Joni Pattillo today accepted a Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  The prestigious honor, presented at a ceremony in New York City, was given for Eden’s work on Emerald Vista, a master-planned community in Dublin, California, that transformed and revitalized a 24-acre former public housing site from 150 affordable units into a new vibrant, mixed-use, mixed-income community with nearly 400 families and households.

Mandolini and Pattillo accepted the award on behalf of the team that included Eden Housing; the City of Dublin; the Housing Authority of the County of Alameda; Wells Fargo; California Community Reinvestment Corporation; Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco; KB Home; Silicon Valley Bank; BAR Architects; and Mid State Construction.

“We are grateful to the Urban Land Institute for recognizing the importance of this project,” said Mandolini. “Throughout the country, small housing authorities are struggling with maintaining aging housing stock.  In too many instances, this housing is lost altogether because it cannot be maintained. Emerald Vista is an example of creating opportunity out of adversity.”

The Urban Land Institute awards recognize and honor exemplary developments that ensure housing affordability for a range of incomes, particularly for households earning below 120 percent of area median income (AMI). Previously, only developments serving those earning 60-120 percent AMI were eligible.

This is the fourth honor recognizing Emerald Vista. Earlier this month, the development received the California Cities Helen Putnam Award for Excellence in the Housing Programs and Innovations category, awarded by the League of California Cities. Emerald Vista also was recognized nationally earlier this year for excellence in tax credit housing by the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and awarded a regional prize last year by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The former Arroyo Vista public housing site is now a new neighborhood that includes a community center, a Kidango childcare center, active open space areas and access to a regional trail along Alamo Creek. None of the former public housing residents was displaced and the city of Dublin actually increased its affordable housing units.  Emerald Vista offers health and economic services and training to its seniors and families, and its focus on green living will actually save residents money.

“We are delighted to be proud partners with Eden Housing in completing the Emerald Vista homes. The City of Dublin is honored to share in this prestigious award,” said Dublin mayor, Tim Sbranti. Serving a broad cross section of the Dublin community, Emerald Vista provides 180 affordable rental apartments for families and seniors, 184 for-sale market rate homes, and 14 for-sale below-market rate homes.

California’s housing crisis is particularly acute in Dublin and surrounding areas. There is very little for-sale inventory available, while at the same time, rents are increasing significantly, placing an additional financial burden on those needing to rent housing.  With home prices on the rise, homeownership gets further out of reach for many working families.

To afford an average two-bedroom apartment, a family needs an annual income of $56,080 in Alameda County — significantly more than preschool teachers, receptionists, and paramedics earn.  Homeownership is even further out of reach. 

“Families today confront a wide gap between the cost of housing and their ability to pay for it,” said Sbranti. “If California is to stay competitive, working families need to be able to afford to pay the rent or the mortgage to live here.”

Developments recognized by ULI are selected based on a number of criteria, including the number of affordable and workforce housing units; successful market acceptance and neighborhood impact, demonstrated community benefits, including supporting a mix of incomes, Proximity to employment centers and transportation hubs, amenities and site planning, involvement of public and private partnerships, ability to leverage public, private, and nonprofit funds; energy efficiency beyond code; sustainable green construction and land development, as well as the demonstrated cost effectiveness of these efforts.

“I am happy to accept this award on behalf of the hard-working and dedicated Eden team,” said Mandolini, “but we share it with the City of Dublin, the Housing Authority and the developers, who all worked together to make this happen. We were patient and we never gave up.”

About Eden Housing

In its 45 years of service throughout Northern California, non-profit Eden Housing, Inc. has provided a home for more than 65,000 people. Hayward-based Eden Housing is the long-term owner-operator of its developments, and is committed to preserving and maintaining its buildings as community assets and supporting residents with a range of services.  Since the organization’s beginnings in 1968, Eden Housing has developed or acquired over 7,200 homes and 61,100 square feet of adjoining commercial/retail space in nearly 100 properties.  Eden has more than 5,200 apartments in its property management portfolio and provides access to supportive resident services programs at 100% of its communities. For more information about Eden Housing, visit www.edenhousing.org.

Release Date: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Date Updated: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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