On June 27, 2017, HASLO celebrated the Grand Opening of 860 on the Wye, San Luis Obispo’s new veterans’ housing. Ten of the twenty apartments were filled by homeless veterans. Mayor Heidi Harmon and District 3 County Supervisor Adam Hill spoke in support of the project and the veterans who found a permanent home. Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham’s office presented certificates of appreciation to all the veterans. The San Luis Obispo County Band added much to the celebratory atmosphere with a fitting selection.Read More
HUD has reviewed and measured HASLO’s performance using 14 different metric indicators and awarded HASLO a “High Performer” designation. HASLO received 135 points out of a maximum possible score of 135. Scott Smith, HASLO Executive Director, indicated that the organization considers both landlords and clients its customers, and places a high value on service and performance.”
On Thursday, September 8, 2016, the City of San Luis Obispo will celebrate the grand opening of South Hills Crossing, a new affordable apartment community done in partnership between ROEM Corporation and the Housing Authority of the San Luis Obispo (HASLO).
“South Hills Crossing represents the coming together of the private sector, HASLO, the City and financial markets to really address one of our community’s top challenges – lack of affordable rental housing. I am excited to see this project come to fruition,” said Mayor Jan Howell Marx, City of San Luis Obispo.
South Hills Crossing stands out as a shining example of how the community benefits when partners come together in the housing industry. Due in large part to the successful collaboration of the HASLO, City of San Luis Obispo, County of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund, and ROEM Corporation, 43 families have moved into their new South Hills Crossing affordable apartments. In close proximity to restaurants, services, and entertainment downtown, South Hills Crossing brings permanent affordable housing to this beautiful California Central Coast community.
“South Hills Crossing is an excellent example of what can be accomplished by the community working collaboratively. Together we have created a permanent affordable housing resource for San Luis Obispo close to jobs, services and transportation,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of HASLO.
South Hills Crossing is affordable to families with annual incomes at or below 60 percent of the San Luis Obispo County area median income. Designed by international award-winning KTGY Architecture + Planning, the $14.1 million development consists of three buildings in a contemporary mix of urban-industrial and craftsman style architectures with 43 one-, two- and three-bedroom units. In step with the community’s love of outdoor recreation and care for the environment, the development boasts a bike storage structure for 44 bicycle spaces (one per unit) in addition to providing 66 surface parking spaces and four motorcycle spaces.
“South Hills Crossing shows what can be done when a public sector collaborative and a for-profit developer work in partnership to begin solving a local problem such as housing affordability,” said Alex Sanchez, Executive Vice President of ROEM Corporation. “While we’re still feeling the effects of the demise of our state’s redevelopment funding sources, and with so many other economic variables working against the goal of providing affordable housing, I applaud the City and County of San Luis Obispo for creating policies that encourage affordable housing developers to build here.”
South Hills Crossing is fully leased.
The Summer 2016 edition of "Affordable Housing News" highlights HASLO's new development, 860 on the Wye, in which half of the 20 apartments are reserved for veterans that have been homeless.
Read the article on page 72 by clicking the title above.
Local, state, and federal dignitaries joined HASLO on May 31st for a Wall-Raising celebration for 860 on the Wye, HASLO's new permanent housing for veterans. One half of the apartments will be reserved for veterans that have been homeless. 860 on the Wye is the first development of its kind in San Luis Obispo County. In addition to 20 new apartments, 860 on the Wye will include 1,900 square feet of indoor education/recreation space, a 3,000 square foot neighborhood community garden, and on-site resident services provided by the U.S. Veteran's Administration. Through the use of on-site solar technology the project will re-generate at least one half of all energy consumed by the development.
HASLO was also honored by the presence of the Marine Color Guard Detachment 680, local veterans, and numerous community groups who also came to support the project.
The name 860 on the Wye relates to the project's location at 860 Humbert Avenue, the site of a historic railroad wye, or junction.
The Housing Authority of the City of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) closed escrow on March 24, 2016, on 1.6 acres of vacant land located at 3680 Broad Street in San Luis Obispo. The property is an “in-fill” site situated between Blackhorse Expresso and Bakery on the north and Marigold Shopping Center on the south, with SESLOC Federal Credit Union and Damen-Garcia Sports Fields on the west. HASLO is working with investors, the local Housing Trust Fund and the City Affordable Housing Program to construct a mixed use development that will consist of 46 apartments and approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial space. Construction should start by December 2016. The residential component will target local workforce households with incomes ranging from $18,000 to $50,000, and will include a mixture of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. “We are excited to provide additional workforce housing in the City, and we’re particularly excited about the mixed use aspect of this development,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of HASLO. The site had historically been owned by the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, and HASLO plans to utilize their members in the construction of the new development.
Bedding product supplier Danican has begun distributing mattress and pillow protectors to shelters in San Luis Obispo County, Calif., as part of its Danican Cares initiative.
Recently, Danican CEO Thomas Frismodt presented 25 sets of Danican Care Packages to Traci Walker, Resident Services Coordinator for Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo’s, SLO Non-Profit Housing Corp., which develops affordable rental housing throughout San Luis Obispo County.
“It is an important part of our company, and my personal mission, to support people in need” said Frismodt. “These protectors will help great organizations like HASLO to save resources and avert disastrous situations by keeping an essential part of their services — beds and pillows — from being destroyed.”
The protectors come in five-piece sets to provide total encasement of mattresses and pillows. This provides moisture protection as well as preventing bed bugs, dust mites, viruses and bacteria from inhabiting bedding.
“The Danican company is such a wonderful group of people. Their generous donation will be directly passed through by HASLO to our elderly and disabled residents, who I am confident will appreciate it,” said Scott Smith, Executive Director of HASLO.
Danican’s first donation of 50 Danican Cares packages was delivered to the El Camino Homeless Organization of Atascadero. ECHO is the homeless shelter serving all of San Luis Obispo County on California’s Central Coast.
This is the first year for the Danican Care Package Program, and the company plans to increase distribution as it grows.
“We hope to expand support of shelters throughout the Central Coast after we help the organizations in San Luis Obispo County first.” Frismodt said.
On March 19, a Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the South Street Family Apartments in San Luis Obispo, 43 new affordable apartments for families with annual incomes at or below 60 percent of the county's median income. The $14.1 million project is being developed as a partnership between HASLO and ROEM Corp. The one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments will range from 570 square feet to 1,010 square feet. The project will add some much-needed workforce housing to the community. If you are interested in one of these apartments, please click here.
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) presented HASLO Executive Director Scott Smith with the "2014 Agency Award of Excellence in Program Innovation - Affordable Housing" during NAHRO's National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on October 17th. The award, in the Mixed Income Affordable Homeownership Program category, recognizes HASLO's fulfillment with the Moylan Terrace townhomes of their objective to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to very low, low, moderate, and workforce income families that live or work in San Luis Obispo. Moylan Terrace features elegant one, two, and three bedroom contemporary townhomes with six spacious floor plans that range in size from 809 to 1,675 square feet.
On September 25, HASLO received a donation from Pacific Western Bank in the amount of $14,750. Scott Smith, Executive Director of HASLO, received the check from Lynda J. Nahra, President of Pacific Western Bank’s Central Coast Region. Also in attendance from HASLO were Ken Litzinger, Finance Director, and Michael Burke, Housing Development Manager. Pacific Western Bank’s staff included Thomas R. Strait, Executive VP and Regional Manager; Carl Dudley, Vice President/Senior Relationship Manager, and Nathan Roddick, Relationship Manager.
The contribution was made in recognition of HASLO’s outstanding contribution to affordable housing and Pacific Western Bank’s commitment to helping HASLO realize that mission.
“We are thrilled with this contribution,” said Scott Smith, HASLO Executive Director. “We will utilize these funds for HASLO programs that assist seniors, struggling families, and veterans.” HASLO provides affordable housing to over 3,000 households each month in San Luis Obispo County.