Set Asides

An Economical Approach

housing set asideSet-Asides are one way of increasing the stock of rental housing through partnerships and collaborations with developers to create housing units reserved for people with developmental disabilities in larger apartment complexes. This is a very economical way for Regional Centers and non-profit housing organizations to increase the stock of affordable housing at little to no cost. Non-profit housing organizations can facilitate this opportunity by developing partnerships and collaborations with developers that are planning to develop housing and requesting that a number of units be restricted for people with developmental disabilities for the term of the financing, usually 55 years. The partnership involves an NPO, a housing developer and a Regional Center working together. For example, Housing Choices Coalition (HCC), an NPO working with San Andreas Regional Center, has created more than 200 units that are set aside for people with developmental disabilities. The latest property, the Gish Apartments development by First Community Housing (FCH), has 13 of a total of 35 units set aside for people with developmental disabilities.

set aside housingIn 2008, the Gish Apartments project was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was the first multi-family housing development in California to be awarded a LEED for Homes Gold.

North Bay Housing Coalition has 14 apartments set-aside (4 in Napa, 5 in Santa Rosa, and 5 in Vallejo) using funds from DDS to “buy down” the affordability of selected units.