executive director of the Orange County Community Housing Corporation, a
nonprofit organization formed in 1977 to provide affordable housing to
low-income families at partially-subsidized rents.
In 2000, the corporation built 15 two-bedroom apartment units on
Koledo Lane in the Oak View neighborhood of Huntington Beach. Now the
developers along with representatives from Project Self-Sufficiency want
to build a 32-unit apartment complex for low-income families -- but first
they need to find land to build on and raise about $900,000, Baldwin
"There is a desperate need for more housing and the outlook is very
glum," he said.
In Huntington Beach only about 1,000 or 1% of apartments are
low-income housing, not nearly enough to accommodate the increase in
workers that will be needed for projects such as the Hyatt Resort and the
Huntington Center Mall, said Gus Duran, the city's housing and
"A lot of the jobs we're creating are for service workers and these
people need places to live nearby to travel to work," Duran said.
Duran suggests Baldwin's company hire a real estate broker to identify
a piece of vacant land or an existing building that could be renovated to
accommodate low income housing.
"Once they have something identified, we'll be happy to step up to the
plate and help them out," Duran said.
Duran said the city's redevelopment agency has worked with the company
in the past to create low-income housing.
Funding for the housing comes from both federal and local grants.
Families living in the units have incomes that range from $12,000 to
$30,000 per year, and contribute 30% of their income for rent, Baldwin