City, non-profit still work towards affordable housing
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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A Visalia based non-profit agency and the city of Patterson are still busy working out issues required to build the infrastructure needed for some 160 affordable homes to be built near the northeast corner of Walnut Avenue and First Street, according to officials.

The homes, which may not start construction until late 2014 at the earliest, are being slowed by previous agreements on how the infrastructure — like sewers, streets, gutters and sidewalks — are built, Joel Andrews, city planner for Patterson said. The nonprofit expects to build 80 owner-occupied homes and 80 rentals.

Tom Collishaw, the director of development for Self-Help Enterprises, agreed, stating the previous developer agreements called for that infrastructure to be built by other developers of the Villages of Patterson project, which is now on indefinite hold because of the housing slump from 2007 to 2012.

However, a recent uptick in the housing market is cause for optimism and the possibility of the affordable houses being built, Collishaw said.

“Until now, the numbers just didn’t make sense to build,” he said.

Self Help Enterprises hopes to begin construction of the 80 single-family houses, which would range from 1,200-square-feet to 1,400-square-feet, late next year or early 2015. Five to seven models with three- and four-bedroom units will be available.

Collishaw said the homes are in great demand and they’ve had a lot of communication with folks in Patterson needing affordable homes since the housing boom eight years ago.

The homes will be for those with low incomes, he said. A family of four would qualify with a household annual income of less than $47,000, he said, though the company was looking for families in the $30,000 or less range for the homes.

Families would have to put in 40 hours a week towards construction for the homes until they are built, he said. The work is considered the down payment for the home, and the mortgages are backed by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loans.

The fate of the rest of the Villages of Patterson remains in doubt, however, after Andrews said in January that options to purchase the property where the development was to take place had lapsed and some of the properties had been sold.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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