San Diego’s New Energy-Efficient Affordable Housing

Paradise Creek in National City, California recently completed its second phase of the affordable master plan community. developed by Related California and Community HousingWorks (CHW), the development provides 92 affordable homes—adding to the 109 units opened in 2016—for families earning between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median income.

The development sits on a former contaminated site owned by the city and was used as a public works yard. The significant project will include both residential phases and a new park costing approximately $100 million.

The development is the first in San Diego County to receive funding from California’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, to support greenhouse gas reduction. The community was awarded $9.2 million for its second phase because of its focus on sustainable living and redevelopment of the site.

Including an energy-friendly design, Paradise Creek has been recognized with a Silver Catalyst Award from the California Sustainable Communities Partnership. Upon completion of the park, the community master plan is expected to be certified LEED—Neighborhood Development, a designation focusing on master plan areas that revitalize neighborhoods.

“Paradise Creek is a new benchmark for development in National City and the San Diego region,” said Sue Reynolds, president and CEO of CHW, in an article on Affordable Housing Finance. “Community HousingWorks is nationally recognized for our leadership in sustainability, both in terms of construction materials, energy, and water, and also in our programs that provide residents the tools to have financial stability and forge stronger futures.”

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