Mutual Housing California


Mutual Housing California's mission is to develop, operate, and advocate for sustainable housing that builds strong communities through resident participation and leadership development. We formed a partnership of neighborhood residents, businesses, advocates, and local government to improve housing opportunities for low-income households. We build new multifamily housing developments on vacant infill lots. We also acquire unsafe, deteriorating housing and restore them physically and socially.

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Address:8001 Fruitridge Rd., Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95820
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Housing, Shelter 
Sub NTEE:Housing Development, Construction & Management 
Executive Director:Rachel Iskow
Contact Email:steven@mutualhousing.com
Primary Phone:916-453-8400
Website:http://www.mutualhousing.com
Mutual Housing acquired its first distressed multifamily community in 1989 - Glen Ellen Estates in South Sacramento. We rehabilitated the dilapidated buildings into healthy, welcoming homes, and oriented the residents to the mutual housing model of resident participation and community building. Our resident programs focus on leadership development and residents have decision-making power at all levels of the organization. We house 3,000 residents in 1,009 homes in the 18 multifamily communities we have developed and now operate. All residents have household incomes below 60% of the area median income (AMI) and about half are living under the federal poverty line. Thirteen of our 18 communities are in Sacramento County, five in Yolo County, and we are working with a low-income resident group in Stockton to purchase and renovate their 207 apartment community. In January 2015, we began accepting applications for Mutual Housing at Spring Lake, an affordable Zero Net Energy community for families of agricultural workers in the town of Woodland. In addition to our involvement of low-income residents at all levels of the organization, the incorporation of green principles and practices across all departments is innovative. Mutual Housing has worked to close the "Green Divide" - the division of who benefits and who does not benefit from green technology and practices. Working hard to increase and incorporate our knowledge of green building principles in an era of burgeoning environmental-technology, Mutual Housing has become an innovator of sustainable design in rehab and new construction.
- Funding for staff costs to oversee pre-development activities for new housing communities - $50,000.
- Operational funding for costs associated with continuing green building design and practices - $50,000.
- Funding to support new Culture of College initiative - $200,000.
- Funding and mentors for leadership development activities - $50,000.
- Volunteers for after school tutoring programs.
'In addition to our involvement of low-income residents at all levels of the organization, the incorporation of green principles and practices across all departments is innovative. Mutual Housing has worked to close the "Green Divide" - the division of who benefits and who does not benefit from green technology and practices. Working hard to increase and incorporate our knowledge of green building principles in an era of burgeoning environmental-technology, Mutual Housing has become an innovator of sustainable design in rehab and new construction.' One exemplary project is New Harmony Mutual Housing, recently chosen by the national Green Builder Magazine as "Best Community Project" in its sixth annual awards. Of the eight 2013 awards, only one was given to a multifamily development. The others went to private homes across the United States and Canada. Judges praised New Harmony community's welcoming design, and particularly appreciated the attention to indoor air quality and energy efficiency. New Harmony exceeds California energy conservation requirements by 32 percent, and Build-It-Green certified the project with 197 Green Points, the highest rating in the State, thus far, on a new multifamily construction.'

'The 69 one-, two- and three-bedroom, below-market rate rental units are affordable for families with low-incomes. They range in size from 667 to 1,131 square feet. Operable windows allow for natural ventilation, and each apartment has a patio and large south-facing sliding glass doors. An outside fresh-air intake on the south side of every apartment, feeds fresh air into the HVAC system through MERV 11 filters. A 190kW PV system provides about 80 percent of the electricity need for all units, producing the highest volume of solar energy of any privately owned property in the City of Davis. The complex also boasts art sculptures, a beautiful community garden, community center, and a state-of-the-art playground. The xeriscaping features native plants, trees, and heavy mulching which greatly reduce long-term landscaping maintenance costs and watering requirement. All the homes are provided with free wired internet service, bridging the digital divide by avoiding the need for low-income families to pay or travel off-site for service.'

Sincerely,
Rachel Iskow, Mutual Housing, Executive Director