By Riamy Beuscher, RCAC communications intern
A $5.5 million grant was recently awarded to Self-Help Enterprises (SHE) to fund an affordable housing project and community center in Lindsay, California.
Grant funds come from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, a Strategic Growth Council program, which is administered by the California Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department.
Lindsay was one of seven valley communities that were awarded grant funding. The project is a partnership between Self-Help Enterprises and California Vanpool Authority, who put together the grant application.
Betsy McGovern-Garcia, the director of Real Estate Development for Self-Help Enterprises told The Porterville Reporter, “The program targets sustainable development and projects that incorporate transportation improvement.” McGovern-Garcia added the Lindsay project will include bike lanes, sidewalks, and an on-site vanpool to encourage residents to use alternate forms of transportation other than their cars. In addition, there will be a community center which will offer a variety of services.
Construction on the project is anticipated to begin May 2017, after additional funding is secured.
SHE is an RCAC self-help housing grantee under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Section 523 Mutual Self-Help Housing program.