Orinda Celebrates Monteverde, New Affordable Senior Older Adult Community Home to 85 Residents

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier On Hand to Cut Ribbon at Grand Opening


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


ORINDA, CA - April 9, 2015Eden Housing today celebrated the Grand Opening of the Monteverde Senior Apartments in Orinda. This new senior affordable housing, the first constructed there in three decades, will provide 67 affordable rental apartments for older adults in the City of Orinda.

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

Mr. Kennedy closed his welcome with, “Monteverde is testament to the will of the City of Orinda to be able to bring affordable older adult housing into their community. It is an exhibition of the power of partnerships – between the City and Eden Housing, and between all the partners that made Monteverde a reality.”

The celebration program featured remarks by community members and elected officials including Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11); City of Orinda’s Mayor Steve Glazer and Vice Mayor Victoria Smith; County Supervisor Candace Andersen, District Director Cindy Chin of the Office of Assembly Member Catharine Baker (AD-16), Managing Director Jonathan Klein of Union Bank; Executive Director Joseph Villareal of the Contra Costa County Housing Authority; Reverend James Bergquist of the Orinda Community Church; Monteverde resident Rupe Christensen; and Eden Board member Jim Kennedy and Eden President Linda Mandolini.

“Affordable Housing is a key component to building safe, accessible and strong communities. With the grand opening of Monteverde, the City of Orinda adds new, additional senior housing that will help accomplish these goals. I want to congratulate Eden Housing, the City of Orinda, Contra Costa County, and all of those who assisted with this valuable project,” said Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11).

Monteverde provides housing to extremely low-income older adult households earning at or below 30 percent to 50 percent of the Contra Costa County Area Median Income, amounting to annual income of $19,320 to $32,200, and for two people, $22,080 to $36,800 annually. Partnering with the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County, Eden received a 15-year project-based voucher commitment for 100% of the units enabling Eden to serve older adults who rely solely upon social security benefits and cover its development and operating costs.

There was a deed restriction on the land from when East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) donated it to Orinda for the public library, requiring any use be for “public benefit” only. When the City opened a new library, it could not sell the property due to the deed restriction.

“We proposed that senior affordable housing was a public benefit,” said Eden President Linda Mandolini. “It allows Orinda’s older adults to remain close to family, friends, and healthcare providers and stay in their own communities. Orinda agreed, and donated the land for the Monteverde community.”

Eden Housing's newest senior development features a large community room, an exercise room, a library/computer learning center, a large courtyard, and an extensive community garden. These amenities allow residents to age in place in an inclusive and positive environment, two factors critical for older adults, many of whom could become isolated otherwise.  Designed with a GreenPoint Rated score of 135, Monteverde incorporates a number of sustainable features such as solar hot water and photovoltaic systems.

Monteverde’s older adult residents have access to free, onsite supportive services programs to assist them to be more successful in their daily lives. With its resident services and highly sustainable design, Monteverde will support long-term independent living for very and extremely low-income seniors in a healthy, safe environment.

“I was looking for a quiet, peaceful and safe place to live in my senior years and I can say that I have found it,” shared Monteverde resident Rupe Christensen. “I lived in Concord and Pleasant Hill for 28 years. I was forced to leave my last home due to increased rent that I could not afford. I am very grateful for this place in this great city. Thank you to the Congressman, the Mayor, the City of Orinda, the Monteverde staff, and Eden Housing.

About Eden Housing

In its 47 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 more than 7,800 homes and 61,100 square feet of adjoining commercial/retail space in more than 120 properties. Eden has more than 7,500 apartments in its property management portfolio and provides access to supportive resident services programs at 100% of its communities

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Date Updated: 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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