Dozens of farm families in the city of Indio now have a new home thanks to a low-income housing project.
Between mariachi music and applause, The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition, together with community leaders, celebrated the opening of the affordable housing project called “Apartamentos Villa Hermosa Tres”.
“For the farmers who work hard in the fields, and who live comfortably and who don’t pay more than they can, 30% of their income,” said Pedro Rodríguez, executive director of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition.
Rodriguez says the development will feature nine buildings.
It also explains that each unit will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help tenants save money on their bills.
“We have solar energy that is going to help residents pay less for their electricity,” Rodríguez said.
The complex will have an advanced system to recycle the water from the washing machines and use it for the property’s irrigation system.
Previously these apartments were known as the Campo.
A deteriorated neighborhood that over the years has been modernized in order to provide quality housing.
“The mission of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition our mission is to help low-income people live in good places,” Rodríguez said.
“This is a good example of an affordable housing project, here what happened to houses that were in very poor condition and could bring new apartments and brought families to live here,” said Oscar Ortiz, the mayor of the City of Indio .
Ortiz says these new units help address one of the biggest issues facing not only the Coachella Valley but the state.
“That working people do not have enough to pay their rent, their health, their education and their business,” said Ortiz.
Esperanza De Ayala is one of several tenants who has just moved into one of the new apartments.
“However, don’t pay a lot for one,” De Ayala said.
Doña Esperanza was a peasant who has worked in the agricultural fields picking chili peppers and watermelons.
“And here I am comfortable and that I am going to finish until I die, you have to take me there,” De Ayala said.
The project had a cost of $39,789,782.
The executive director of the Coachella Valley Housing Coalition tells us that they have plans to continue building more housing in the community.
Among them one dedicated to the elderly.