Redevelopment Agency Announces EAH Housing to Build Multi-Generational Affordable Housing in Fresno
09/17/2008

Last night the Fresno City Council approved selection of EAH Housing as the developer of a new affordable housing community at Annadale and Elm in Southwest Fresno.

This new housing community, which will include approximately 100 units of family housing co-located with about 130 senior units, will provide an innovative “Multi-Generational Healthy Living Community” model for affordable housing in Fresno. This model will enable seniors to “age in place,” and in many cases to live right next door to their extended family.

“EAH Housing provides an excellent example of fostering community partnership and active citizenship,” said Councilmember Cynthia Sterling who represents District 3 on the City Council. “They have already been in contact with vital neighborhood groups and together we look forward to the further expansion of the current revitalization already taking place throughout the greater community.”

The new senior and family housing development will be 100% affordable to households earning between 30%-60% of Fresno’s area median income. This development includes a charmingly landscaped community gathering area, a computer learning center, offices and a well-appointed community building. Picnic areas and tot lots will be integrated into the overall plan. A semi-public outdoor area with a trellised seating area and terrace will be created to provide a direct walkable interface to the adjacent Community Health Center.

"EAH brings a proven track record in quality design, skilled project management, and award- winning property management techniques", said Redevelopment Agency Director Marlene Murphey. "This innovative development will create a positive environment for both families and seniors, improve the quality of life and complement this Southwest Fresno neighborhood.”

“Community partnerships are at the core of EAH Housing philosophy,” said Reverend Derek Isaksen, EAH Central Valley Business Manager. “EAH pursues relationships with schools, police, parks, churches, clinics and other community organizations, because we know it takes more than great architecture to make housing into homes for our residents.”

Established in 1968, and celebrating its 40th Anniversary, EAH Housing was founded to address the needs of low-income families and seniors. EAH serves more than 18,000 seniors, families, students, personal with disabilities, frail elderly and formerly homeless people in 42 municipalities in California and Hawaii.

The Redevelopment Agency projects a completion date of summer 2011. This $38 million dollar multigenerational community will be a model for communities throughout Fresno County and central California.

For more information, contact CHAD WAKEFIELD at 559-621-7624, or chad.wakefield@fresno.gov.
Website: www.eahhousing.org