Two Affordable Housing Developments in the Works

Petaluma has a critical shortage of affordable housing, including for seniors


If you’ve searched for rentals in Petaluma recently, you know that finding something affordable is difficult.

Prices keep going up, in part because there just aren’t that many available units and in part because there is no rent control. (The fact that Petaluma is such a desirable place is another reason.)

To meet the critical need for housing, two projects are currently in the works, both slated to be completed within a year.

The first is Logan Place, a 66-unit development on Petaluma Boulevard North and Shasta Avenue. The project broke ground last year and is expected to open this September, according to Burbank Housing, an affordable housing developer based in Santa Rosa.

Logan Place came close to having its funding pulled, or at least significantly delayed, after Gov. Jerry Brown announced his plan to cut $12.5 billion from the state budget in 2010. But after calls by Mayor Dave Glass and then Assemblyman Jared Huffman, the funding was restored.

Residents of Logan Place will look out onto the Petaluma Bounty Community Farm and we hear that there are plans to collaborate to bring nutritious food to low-income residents.

The second affordable housing project is Kellgren Senior Apartments off North McDowell Boulevard near Corona Road, scheduled to open in early 2014. The 49-unit development will have one-bedroom apartments for qualifying seniors and is named after Tim Kellgren, the pastor of Elim Lutheran Church. It will include gardens, a community room, and resident services and is a project of Petaluma Ecumenical Properties (PEP).

According to Petaluma Housing Director Bonnie Gaebler, seniors and Latino families are two biggest groups in need of affordable housing in Petaluma.

Have you had to search for affordable housing in Petaluma? If so, we want to hear your story. Tell us in the comments or email karina@patch.com

Joe Manthey January 30, 2013 at 07:30 PM
There's another reason that the rental market is hot. Single women are driving the demand according to this CNBC article: http://www.cnbc.com/id/100416547 In fact, even as housing and the greater economy improve, a shift in demographic trends will likely favor the rental apartment market for the foreseeable future. It is all about women…. “What drives demand for single family homes is, ‘Oh honey, I’m pregnant,” says Buck Horne, a housing analyst at Raymond James. But those words are being uttered less and less. Horne claims the shift in female education, marriage and fertility rates will drive rental apartment demand going forward. He points to a growing educational imbalance, that is, 3.1 million more women enrolled in college than men and 4 million more college-educated women in the workforce than men. “That creates a structural imbalance in the number of suitable partners. Women leave college with good income prospects and are not finding suitable husbands and fathers,” says Horne. To be continued.
Joe Manthey January 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100416547 Consequently, the millennial generation is delaying marriage and motherhood, and birth and fertility rates are dropping. The female fertility rate is at its lowest level in recorded U.S. history, according to the Centers for Disease Control/Raymond James research. 41 percent of children are born out of wedlock. Horne’s research finds single mothers prefer living closer in to cities and staying in full amenity apartment rentals. This all points to more structural, long-term demand for rental housing.
Karina Ioffee January 30, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Interesting point, Joe. Thanks for sharing!
amanda January 30, 2013 at 08:23 PM
I need one of these places! Single mom and 4 kids and I have yet in 4 months of searching, and 2 months of being in motels. Still no home for me and my children and looking at homes that are either rented before showings even happen or its rented within hours of being posted, and no chance of even getting applicantion in. It's old and its not just me several families I know are in this boat, dome with children some without. Families with jobs, some without due to economic times. It's heartbreaking, all I want is a home for my children
Robin and Jeff January 31, 2013 at 03:37 AM
There are waiting list for these types of rentals so people wishing to get one should already be on a list. No rental comes easy credit checks are required and income.
Jennifer February 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
On the surface, affordable rentals sounds good. What I see is too many low income units being built in a single area. The Mckinley school area needs to have more high income units to balance out its low income area. Please, no more of this housing in proximity to other low income housing - you are creating an environment that will bring problems in the future. Has the city decided this area to have only low income housing near it? Also, instead of saying we need more housing how about talking about population control. Some of us from the sixties did our duty to not over populate but now see this area being over built with all the problems that entails, i.e., not enough water, not enough housing, freeways that need constant widening, etc. I understand how expensive it is to live here but lets talk about what is really going on which is increasing population.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM
What would be an affordable rental? In terms of rent.
NovatoGuy February 02, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Pathetic. No one is "entitled" to live here. Can't afford to? Try Iowa or Montana or any other place. So the tax payers can pay for single moms with four kids? While the working folks struggle to support their kids? Only in bleeding heart America, folks!
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 02, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I Agree Vallejo or Richmond have low cost housing.
J.A. Morris February 03, 2013 at 12:37 AM
By HUD standards afforable rents in Petaluma are around $1,000 for a one bedroom and $1333 for two. Section 8 Housing is always 1/3 of the recipient's total income per month. PEP Housing residents are Section 8.
Buuba Six Pack February 03, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Ever consider slapping a cork in the old bastard cannon? Or taking last names? Why is your lifestyle my bill?
Roger February 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM
North Dakota has an oil boom now. Tons of open jobs with good pay. Americans are known for moving where the work is. Let's keep that tradition going. Many of our great grand parents left Europe for America for that very reason, and look what greatness they helped create. Nothing provides shelter better than a good job. It is scary to move, but being brave is what brought workers to the US in the first place.
Guru Petalumu February 06, 2013 at 05:18 PM
"Freeways that need constant widening"? There is one freeway, dating from the 1950's, and it has never been widened. WTF? This is deferred work that should have been done a generation ago. "Not enough water"? Again, we don't live in a desert. This climate has more than enough water to support a much higher population. Particularly, since there are few industrial users (as in Employers). Do an honest analysis - there is no water shortage in the 101 corridor of central and southern Sonoma county. The expense of living in Petaluma is directly a result of building codes and restrictions on building new units. Call it the "marin disease". Or California NIMBYism. There is more than enough land in the area - it is a conscious choice by planners and their baby boomer rentier class of neoliberals to keep housing expensive in California. At this point, Petaluma real estate values are similarly priced to Santa Barbara. That is historically unprecedented - and not sustainable. Lastly, don't talk to us about "over population". If you mean illegal immigration, just say it. Organic population growth in Petaluma is non-existent. Low income residents and their children are mostly non-English speakers that are recent immigrants. Please be a little more honest with what is really going on.
Guru Petalumu February 06, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Encourage Affordable Housing in Petaluma. Seriously. If low income rentals are built, it will take another brick out of the foundation of Petaluma's real estate market. Why buy a house at an over-inflated price, when you can rent risk-free? Affordable rental housing = reduced property values. Bring it on.
Tiffany May 10, 2013 at 02:49 AM
What do I have to do to get in one a these places? I'm a single mom of a two year old and I'm disabled ?


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