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[KHTS] – The Santa Clarita City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday for an affordable housing project in Newhall that would place 30 apartment units on a vacant piece of city-owned property that’s currently being used as a park-and-ride lot.

Council voted 3-1 in favor of the plan, with Councilman TimBen Boydston casting the lone vote against. Councilman Dante Acosta was in Washington, D.C., officials said, and missed the meeting.

The move was in response to a state report identifying a need for over 5,700 low- and moderate-income housing units for area residents, said Erin Lay, housing program administrator for Santa Clarita.

Boydston shared concerns about the area’s water supply, echoing concerns he read in emails from residents.

Santa Clarita resident Sandra Cattel mentioned that when the project was approved before the current drought conditions. She expressed the need to put in drought-tolerant plants and play areas for children.

The Planning Commission approved 30 units to be added to Newhall Avenue on July 19, 2011. The original plan included 29 affordable units and one unit reserved for an on-site property manager. Eight of the units are three-bedroom units and 22 are two-bedroom units.

Dan Masnada, general manager of the Castaic Lake Water Agency said the water supply could support about a half-million people, more or less, if the area has the appropriate infrastructure. He also urged people to conserve water as much as possible. There are currently about 280,000 residents in Santa Clarita.

In 2010, the city and RDA acquired two adjacent parcels, the Caltrans parcel and the Jang parcel, in the Project Area with the intent of using them for the development of affordable housing.

The parcels are in an ideal location for affordable housing given their proximity to transit, schools, a major transportation corridor, and other services.

They are also zoned appropriately for multi-family rental housing and are located in an area with housing of a similar density.

Caltrans Parcel – A 1.6-acre parcel used as a park-and-ride lot on Newhall Avenue. The terms of the acquisition require this parcel to be used for a public purpose. Acquisition of the parcel used $1,050,123 in NSP funds and $45,877 in CDBG funds.

Weste asked what the options are for park and riders. There was no response.

Jang Parcel – A privately owned parcel of land. This .45-acre parcel was acquired by the City and RDA through an Assignment and Assumption Agreement in which the Developers negotiated an acquisition agreement with the owner. Acquisition of the parcel used: $45,877 in CDBG funds and $438,249 in RDA housing funds.

There will be 75 parking spaces for residents and guests, approximately two parking spaces per unit.

The project’s total cost was nearly $15.5 million. To view the full breakdown of the costs and the project documents, [click here].

A recreational amenity package, including a tot-lot, landscaped open space, laundry facilities and a community center to be used for management and social services were also approved.

Lay explained that depending on a household’s income, rent could be offered for as low as $384 per month for a two-bedroom apartment in the low-income project under City Council.

This need for affordable housing was quantified when the State of California conducted its Regional Housing Needs Assessment, or RHNA, for the years of 2013-21.

California and the federal government require the city to address the need for affordable housing in a number of ways.

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development, or HCD, requires the city to create policies and programs to address the housing needs of low and moderate-income residents as part of the Housing Element of the General Plan.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, requires that the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG 5-Year Consolidated Plan consider and address the housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents in the use of CDBG funds.

The HUD-required Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, or AI, identifies a lack of affordable housing as a main impediment to fair housing in the City of Santa Clarita. HUD requires the city to address each impediment identified in the AI.

 

 

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  1. Dan Stephens says:

    Please quantify “affordable”

  2. Geez Louise, stop adding more housing and people to the valley. Traffic is horrible, water and electricity are limited and crime is through the roof!!! Stop just stop!

    • Shirley Vercelli, yes we all need to conserve and until things improve regarding water, electricity, additional roads and additional police we shouldn’t be continually adding to the population. I have been in this valley 40+ years and have welcomed the growth that we have seen however there comes a time when the city government needs to stop creating more issues for it’s citizens until it fixes the ones it already has. No one is saying or has said there should be barriers of any kind erected and if you have lived here for any amount of time you would know that this valley has had an immense and very diversified growth in the population. So no we don’t need another housing development, condo, apartment building or tent erected until the city can provide the necessities each and every household needs and deserves. <3

  3. Linda Morgan says:

    What Dan Stephens said.

  4. If it’s affordable, it means based on income and background check. Then there is section 8. San Diego County has affordable housing, they built for middle class do people don’t have to commute in from Temecula. Example: military families, police, fireman, office people… etc.

  5. Brian Durand says:

    Jake’s way part 2. The saga continues….

    • Lol..you rite about that!

    • That’s a snooty attitude. As a senior that has lived here and comfortable, I might add, would like to see housing for the middle class seniors and low income too. Jakes Way, gets a bad rap. There are lots of good people that live in those apts. some bad apples in there too, but then show me an apartment complex or trailer park in newhall that is as pure as the driven snow, and I’ll find you a white black bird!!

    • Brian Durand says:

      Maybe come out of your gated community and drive through some of these areas at night. It’s quite clear Santa Clarita doesn’t have room for people that have low incomes, why try to accommodate.. The majority of the people tend to take advantage. The city as made this mistake before.

  6. Scv is not the same anymore !!

  7. Jarod Scott says:

    But they tell us to cut down on our water

  8. They REALLY want this city hood don’t they!

  9. Oh God Help Us! This is not going to be good!!!

  10. Great lets get more people in our town who don’t give a crap about anything. Low income housing is a great way to lower the values of an area. Most of them never take care of their homes

    • Not all of them I’m low income and I’m in a wheelchair and I’m having a hard time finding a place and I take care of my apt like it was my own

      • Carole Lutness says:

        I am astounded how so many people who write on these sites are so ignorant about poor people and how much they have bought into the myth that poor people are dirty, slovenly, criminal, drug addicts and bad citizens. That goes for brown skinned people as well. Do some research about poverty and people of different cultures. Sure there are “bad” poor people but there are also “bad” wealthy people. Don’t keep showing how mean spirited and ignorant you are.

    • And you are not low income?

  11. Jared Axen says:

    Why don’t they build it in Bel Air? This is a bedroom community, not a hood

  12. Notice how this doesn’t happen in Valencia! They put so called affordable housing in Canyon Country and crime including murder comes with it!

  13. I see comments about murder and crime “going through the roof”, grow up!! I agree with Joyce U Thomas that if it is affordable, it means it is based on income and background check. It is one thing for growth, it’s another that we are currently in a severe drought and the city still plans on growing. Smart! Bottom line, there is always crime here, minor or major, that housing projects bring crime. Not always.

    • background check? thats funny. It is for the poor. when you give people things for free or greatly discounted those people tend not to take care of their stuff. I see it every day in the area I work. Low income housing = ghetto

    • As far as background check…I was told by one place in CC I applied to that even though the background check is completed by the people who would be renting (meaning the only people that are supposed to live there) it doesn’t mean that “Cousin Joe” won’t come and rent a room from them. And HE might have a criminal background. This explains so much crime in the Jakes way buildings. There are 1 or more families in many of the apartments over there. I know because I lived there. It was nice from the outside. But once you moved in and saw everything, it was extremely nasty. Most of the management will turn their heads as long as rent is on time.

    • Lilia Ortiz says:

      Agree, but, there is a lot to be said about background checks. Remember this is a government program to help people receiving government benefits; welfare, food stamps, etc. the government (your taxes and mine) will pay for part if not all of the rent. I wish, instead, it would have been housing for our wounded Afghan vets and their families… these are people in need of help.

    • Mariana is right. One owner owns all four communities off Jakes Way (River Ranch, Park Sierra, River Park and The Colony) and if his company doesn’t enforce lease terms, there will always be problems in that area. I have read online reviews of Park Sierra (which is the worst of the four communities there by far) that read, and I quote , “I ONLY moved into Park Sierra because it’s the ONLY PLACE that allows my boy friend to live here and NOT be on the lease”.

      IMO that is the root of the problem in that area. He could be a criminal, a sex offender, etc.
      The only reason someone doesn’t want to be on the lease is a nefarious reason.
      It’s up the the landlord/management to improve the area, especially because they monopolize that neighborhood by buying up all the rental communities. GHP owns all the communites on Jakes Way, Diamond Park (off soledad), the “Village” in newhall off newhall and a handful of other communities with high crime and very minimal management interaction or enforcement.

    • Mariana is right. One owner owns all four communities off Jakes Way (River Ranch, Park Sierra, River Park and The Colony) and if his company doesn’t enforce lease terms, there will always be problems in that area. I have read online reviews of Park Sierra (which is the worst of the four communities there by far) that read, and I quote , “I ONLY moved into Park Sierra because it’s the ONLY PLACE that allows my boy friend to live here and NOT be on the lease”.

      IMO that is the root of the problem in that area. He could be a criminal, a sex offender, etc.
      The only reason someone doesn’t want to be on the lease is a nefarious reason.
      It’s up the the landlord/management to improve the area, especially because they monopolize that neighborhood by buying up all the rental communities. GHP owns all the communites on Jakes Way, Diamond Park (off soledad), the “Village” in newhall off newhall and a handful of other communities with high crime and very minimal management interaction or enforcement.

  14. Patty Ann says:

    Good, now maybe the section 8ers will not chose the Antelope Valley.

  15. Great. How bout bot giving handouts to people with no ambition..

  16. Bridget Bohan says:

    They won’t build it in Valencia or stevensons ranch area so they don’t care.

  17. Stop letting the gutter trash in!!!

  18. All these comments…… Low and moderate income is. It section 8. There is a big difference. As a family of 2, with 1 income, I qualify. I work a full time 40hr/wk job and still qualify. Doesn’t mean I’m ghetto, or anything else you all are stating….. I’m sure there are some people that are but not everyone is, and doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “jakes way part 2”. Jakes way isn’t the best area, but honestly it could be much worse. Crime does not have a zip code…remember that.

    • Mike Navarro says:

      Be realistic and understand that not all who qualify are in your shoes. Most take advantage of the system by leveraging every loophole possible. Your right, Jakes way could be worse but then again compton could be worse too

    • I work in the industry I see people everyday not on low/moderate or section 8 that are just as ghetto if not worse.

    • My elderly mother is on section 8 and she is not ghetto!

    • Sometimes people just can’t afford life…but at least they’re trying to out a roof over their heads

    • I do agree tho that the”title” frightens everyone because let’s face it 90% of low income are minority/statistic. They ruin it for people like my mother whom choose to be safe. Finding her a place to live is hard because I do worry for her safety.

    • Remember that if you lost your comfortable job, most people are less than 5 months away from being homeless. You should not judge people who find that they need a helping hand after losing a job Mike. You and I may be blessed today, but we could find ourselves in a hurt if our income stopped. My brother is a union electrician and he was laid off last September and lived on savings until last month when they finally got to his name on the books. God and the universe have a funny way of showing us what can happen when we feel high on a pedestal that we do not belong on. Not arguing as my income depends on people not hating me and needing my services.
      ;-) But I am voicing my thoughts. Have a good day.

  19. Carleen King says:

    Over 20 years ago I moved out here to Santa Clarita from the San Fernando Valley to be safe! and that is no longer the case! the city of Santa Clarita is more concerned about getting money in the town then about the lives and the people that live here. This used to be one of the safest cities to live in. Now we don’t even get mentioned and because of all the building getting all these families and from other parts of California we have a high crime rate and it’s no better than the San Fernando Valley out here anymore!

  20. So disappointed on this decision. I moved out here to get away from the Valley and it’s all starting to feel the same.

  21. Sarah Cohen says:

    “Affordable”, if you make $30 an hour. Any of you “higher income” folks ever take a look at the price of rent from your gilded pedestals?

    • Mike Navarro says:

      Absolutely, my wife and I rented prior to owning. Don’t be mad at those with just because there are still those without

    • Sarah Cohen says:

      Well, Mr. Navarro, I didn’t say I was “mad” or even “without”. What I was referring to were the blatant elitist commentary smattering this thread. So, in the spirit of your comment, I’m going to go ahead and remind you to ask before assumption There is no reason for a human with more money to think less of/ talk badly about those who may have less of it. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • I’ve found after living here 50 years, that this is a beautiful valley, filled with good family people. That being said, money has never bought class, but it definitely can help cover up the lack of it. Looking for a home for a friend, years ago in Valencia, I found front yards were groomed but not the back and many houses we were shown were very dirty. They bought a dirty fixer upper on Rotunda. Hummm, been to sand canyon lately?

  22. Zita Norte says:

    Hud housing and section 8. If we can’t all have nice things the government will make sure to bring trash to every nice town in America…because fairness. I’ve lived here on and off for 41 years and Valencia is the only nice area in the valley. We have been invaded. No turning back. I’m going to have to pay 1k a month for my son to go to private elementary school.

  23. Brian Homer says:

    Better sell my Condo before they build it.

  24. it seems it already exists by Arby’s , on jakes way they should offer to people already in them instead of opening this up to other cities drawing in people

  25. Mike Navarro says:

    Bad move city council, why didn’t we vote on this? That land was publicly owned!!

  26. I want to know what they consider “affordable housing.”

  27. Suzie Acosta says:

    Lol don’t like it then move out of newhall. Scv is full of too many people who want a reason to complain about something.

    • Lilia Ortiz says:

      do not know how old you are, picture of you very young. If that is the case, you will come to understand why many issues are highly important. We have the obligation to speak yo when in disagreement when our environ net, safety, and money we contribute is determined not to our liking.

    • Lilia Ortiz there is a difference between “speaking on issue” and flat out being an elitist jerk. You know why they bring in “Affordable housing”? BECAUSE HOUSING ISNT AFFORDABLE. On Jake’s Way – the place all of these bubble wrapped idiots like to bash so much as “the ghetto” of SCV, you know how much rent is? a 3 br apartment is 2300+ and a 2 bedroom is in the 1800+ range. 6 years ago it was in the $800 range. Because for Young adults starting out, we can’t buy houses for 23k anymore in SCV, it’s not the early 80’s any more.

  28. Erik Meloni says:

    Jakes Way Jr. ………!

  29. Dog10 says:

    Welcome now you will be just like Palmdale and Lancaster.

  30. Why not affordable senior housing?

  31. Time to REALLY think about who WE vote for and what the candidate stands for. Time to make some changes!

  32. John Gilbert says:

    Look what happened to Palmdale after the real estate bubble burst in the late 1980’s. HUD came in and got alot of the walkaways and foreclosures and made them into “affordable housing”. Within 2 years, there were all sorts of intercity refugees lined up to use telephone booths and hanging out. Then, the gangs hop-scotched over SCV from L.A. to A.V. long before we ever had them. Today’s low income housing is tomorrows slums.

  33. And this is how the scv is lost ….

  34. More people, more water used

  35. Noooooo!!!! Instant slums!!! Watch out!! Not even sounding good!! Want to be a little Santa Monica?

  36. Joshua Runyan says:

    (Nose up and pinky out): It’s one thing to pretend to be homeless overnight in a well protected park in painted cardboard “shelters” to raise awareness about poverty and homelessness, but really helping “those people” is just uncalled for.

    Sincerely,

    The Truly Deserving Amongst The Mongral Hoard

  37. I CANNOT BELIEVE THE NEGATIVITY COMING FROM PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN SANTA CLARITA. I HAD TO MOVE TO PALMDALE BECAUSE I COULDN’T AFFORD TO LIVE IN SANTA CLARITA. I AM A SINGLE MOM BARELY MAKING IT. ALL OF YOU SHOULD BE SO ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. BE HAPPY THAT SINGLE PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO LIVE IN A NICE NEIGHBORHOOD AND RAISE THEIR CHILDREN WITHOUT FEAR. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAY AND TRY NOT TO POOP ON SOMEONE ELSE’S DREAMS.

  38. Qiana Tarlow says:

    I agree with Mary. Isn’t water a concern? Why do we ration when new homes are being built all over S Cal?

  39. welcome to south lancaster

  40. take away the park & ride from the people who work & give it to section 8.

  41. They dont do anything for homeless people in valencia, even the bus is going to be more expensive , they dont have discount on the 757 i literally have choose between eating and going to school.Homeless young people has to go to LA or the valley and its impossible continue studying, this city has so much money and they dont do anything for homeless youth or youth at risk, instead of invest in programs like development shelters and rehabs, housing!!! That will help a lot of young people who can continue studying instead of choosing easy money throught crimes.Seriously they should do something @scvtv santa clarita

  42. Since we are speaking in regard to safety, I ask you where in this country would you go to feel safer than here? If we go by the facts (I know we hate facts when they don’t support our ignorant views) you are safer here than almost anywhere else. Definitely safer than in the San Fernando Valley. #justsaying
    Google search for the safest cities in America

    • Lilia Ortiz says:

      Yes, because in the past the city was concerned for safety, a paced growth & development, now, all has changed. I moved here. because I wanted to live in a calm, easy going community, that has changed! I stayed for the safe and great schools, I’m still here because I’m part of maintaining the reputations of great schools. Hope that I do not have to move because it is no longer safe to work and live here.

    • I have lived here since I was 8 years old. This city has been known for its growth since the 80’s when it was founded. That is part of the reason as to why SCV was founded. Every community has good and bad, in this community I would say a majority of the victims of violent crimes where involved with the perpetrators. I have lived in Newhall, Valencia, and Canyon Country. The only issues I have ever had were brought on by my actions. If someone doesn’t feel safe here, they should move. It is not like we need more people in this town, but we definitely don’t need people who hate it here taking up space. Lol

  43. That slide looks like Spider-Man

  44. where is the water coming from?

  45. where is the water coming from?

  46. where is the water coming from?

  47. Tessa Lucero says:

    Yes, there’s a need for affordable housing in Santa Clarita, however there is also a crying need for park and ride lots. The City’s last transit plan stated that the need for park & ride facilities in the south SCV is not being met, and that need has only become worse since the study. The park & ride lot at Newhall & Sierra (behind the Chevron) is jammed to capacity by 7 AM each day and there is little to no street parking in the area. I’ve been riding the commuter bus to downtown since 1990 and we need more parking for bus & train riders, vanpools, and carpools, not less.

  48. Here’s the real plan. Obama wants everyone to be the same. He can’t make people wealthy but he sure can make an area poor. Those of us who choose to live here to get away from the rift rafts of LA are apparently the problem.

    http://thehill.com/regulation/244620-obamas-bid-to-diversify-wealthy-neighborhoods

  49. Just give up ours for the sec.8 housing

  50. Welcome To the San Fernando Valley

  51. All these people talking bad about this.. Shame on you! Me and my daughter need this very badly with the situation were in, where can I sign up?!

  52. Don Ricketts says:

    Is it time to revisit no-growth/slow-vote. Meeting? don@donricketts.com

  53. I am disable I have c.p I only get 900.00 a month you try living off of that. I say yes,it sad reading the comments on this.

    • I’m sorry. This may not be a place you can afford, but then I can’t live in Beverly Hills or Laguna, both places I love but can’t afford either.

    • I’m sorry. This may not be a place you can afford, but then I can’t live in Beverly Hills or Laguna, both places I love but can’t afford either.

    • what is it with Beverly Hills not everybody on low income is bad we safe place 55 and over these want a nice place to live I feel sorry for you guys leaving all these comments I’m here open your eyes and look around where you live he would be homeless people Beverly Hills Valencia everywhere so I don’t know why you keep talking like this look inside yourself

  54. Most cities have mandated affordable housing in their general plan. This looks like a lovely development. Not an instant slum. Many of the homeless are women with children and need a hand at this critical time in their life. If they have stable housing and schooling for the kids, then they can go forward and make something of their lives. This is proven over and over in many areas of the US. Please do some research about this and re-think your hasty opinion.

  55. Bruce Dickenson says:

    Welcome Cholos.
    I love Cholos!!
    LOL!!

  56. Shame Shame Shame! Don’t we have WATER SHORTAGE??? Hummmm! Why??

  57. Shame Shame Shame! Don’t we have WATER SHORTAGE??? Hummmm! Why??

  58. Why do you guys think that everybody that’s on low income is a low life not everybody is like that are you people that’s a low income bad I feel sorry for you guys not everybody is that bad things happen everywhere Beverly Hills Bel Air Valencia let’s be nice and give 55 over a nice plane and a safe one god bless you

  59. Carole Lutness says:

    Please refer to what the State defines as “low income”: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/housing-policy-development/housing-resource-center/reports/state/inc2k15.pdf

    SCV has for years been out of compliance. They have built housing for Moderate Income and Seniors and have ignored the very poor. As Bob Kellar said, “we don’t want THEM around the ‘nice’ people of Santa Clarita.” I am delighted that some really poor (many working) people will have a chance for decent housing. We just need a lot more housing for the very poor and poor. They are the labor force for lots of unskilled jobs out here.

  60. Are we supposed to be excited, wrongoooo we’re NOT

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