Type of Development Senior; Non-HUD
Year Built 1997
Development Profile 7 units; 1 bedroom/1 bath
Unit size 500 sq. ft.
Site Area 33,663 sq. ft. (includes family units)
Casitas de la Guerra is situated in a neighborhood of century-old homes. In planning this development, the Housing Authority took steps to preserve and promote the area’s rich history and architectural character by designing a project that included renovation and new construction. Two deteriorated craftsman-style homes fronting De La Guerra Street were restored to their original condition. On the remaining and largely vacant land, new affordable housing units were constructed in two phases. The first phase added 6 units in three craftsman-style duplex buildings (click here to view the family portion of Casitas de la Guerra). The second phase added 7 senior apartments (seen here) in one structure designed in the Monterey-Spanish vernacular, an architectural motif that is also present in the neighborhood.
This project has received some funding from a participating jurisdiction (local or state government agency) through the HUD HOME Investments Partnerships Program (HOME). In projects with five or more HOME-assisted units, at least 20% of these units must be occupied by families earning 50% or less of area median income (AMI). All other HOME-assisted units must be occupied by families earning 80% or less of AMI, but in practice most are reserved for families earning 60% or less AMI. Maximum monthly rent is capped with a Low HOME Rent for <50% AMI units and a High HOME Rent for the remaining HOME-assisted units. Contact the property directly for the specific dollar amount of these rent caps.
Casitas de la Guerra is managed by Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.