Santa Cruz City

Water Street Apartments

Water Street Apartments is a 41-unit affordable residential community in Santa Cruz, CA, that provides housing for very low and low-income individuals and families. It is conveniently situated near downtown and a mile away from the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. Elementary, middle, and high schools are within 1.5 miles, and parks and trails are close by. A Santa Cruz Metro Transit stop is within a quarter mile of the community. MBEP endorsed the project in May of 2017 and supported our longtime partners and project developer EAH Housing to get it approved in October 2017.

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# of Affordable Units

41 units or 100%

About EAH Housing

EAH Housing is a non-profit corporation founded with the belief that attractive affordable rental housing is the cornerstone to sustainable, living communities.

Established in 1968, EAH Housing has become one of the largest and most respected nonprofit housing development and management organizations in the western United States. With a staff of over 600, EAH develops affordable housing, manages over 214 properties in California and Hawai‘i, and plays a leadership role in local, regional and national housing advocacy efforts.

Starting from grass-roots origins in response to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., EAH Housing now serves over 25,000 seniors, families, students, people with disabilities, frail elderly and the formerly homeless. Combining award winning design, innovative on-site services and a commitment to people, EAH reflects the distinctive personality of each community.