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Eden Housing Celebrates Groundbreaking for 53-Unit Affordable Housing Development in Watsonville

Eden Housing broke ground last week on 1482 Freedom, a low-income affordable housing development in Watsonville that will bring 53 large-family units for farmworker families, the unhoused, and individuals with developmental disabilities. The community will serve residents earning between 25% to 50% of the area median income, equivalent to an annual income of $28,000 to $56,000 for a two-person household.

The project is designed with sustainability in mind, with solar panels over carports, low-flow water fixtures, Energy Star appliances and dedicated indoor bike parking. It will be Green Point Rated certified.

It will house a diverse population of communities acutely vulnerable to the housing crisis, from Section 8 voucher holders and farmworkers to people experiencing homelessness and disabled individuals. As the first SB 35 applicant in the Tri-County region, it successfully qualified for the streamlined approval process under that legislation. 

“This is a project that perfectly aligns with our housing Initiative, and it is one that MBEP has been so happy to strongly support,” said MBEP President and CEO Tahra Goraya, who attended the May 25 ceremony along with several members of MBEP’s housing team.

“One of our team’s most rewarding moments is when we hand the keys to a family in desperate need of housing. It’s an incredibly satisfying conclusion after the hard work invested in procuring sites and designing these high-quality developments,” said Linda Mandolini, president and CEO of Eden Housing. “We are very grateful to all our partners, including the City of Watsonville and Santa Cruz County, for their ongoing support to make this crucial project in Watsonville a reality.”

Funders and sponsors of 1482 Freedom include the City of Watsonville, Central Coast Community Energy, California Housing and Community Development, Union Bank, Housing Authority of County of Santa Cruz, Housing Trust Silicon Valley and California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.