Avo Court photoAvocado Court is a groundbreaking community in Escondido with the first use of shallow Geo-Power technology in the U.S.

CHW joined forces with Geo-Power Systems Co. Ltd. to install a new green energy technology, using energy from shallow underground piping to heat and cool the new community center. The recently-opened community is CHW’s first Green Point Rated project and hosts a public community garden.

The construction of Avocado Court apartments has transformed 4 vacant single family homes into a vibrant residential community with 36 apartments, a community center, and a large organic garden open to the whole community.  Avocado Court is a transit oriented, infill development that offers close proximity to employment, schools, transit and neighborhood services.  The development will set aside 8 apartments as permanent supportive housing for disabled veterans with case management provided by Interfaith Community Services. Thirty percent of the apartments consist of three-bedroom family housing.  Residents will have access to CHW’s award-winning classes and programs include after school learning program, Financial Fitness classes, employment training and skills, and case management for special needs population in the 1,580 square foot community building.

Avocado Court has 8 units dedicated to disabled veterans who have been chronically homeless. These highly-affordable homes offer veterans the opportunity to pay no more than 30% of their income towards housing. Onsite services offered at Avocado Court are critical to these residents’ stability. The community is also about choice – not all veterans want to live in downtown San Diego or live in a veteran-only property. Avocado Court is located in North San Diego County, very close to USMC Camp Pendleton. The community is also non-smoking, promoting a healthy lifestyle for all residents, including those who may be coming out of addiction as some veterans are.

In 2010, the City of Escondido utilized $250,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds to purchase a vacant blighted site at the corner of El Norte and Broadway.  CHW saw the opportunity and assembled 4 surrounding parcels and proposed to build a new residential community on this 2.2 acre site.

The Community Building features Geo-Power,  donated by RiverForest Corporation –  a geothermal passive heating and cooling system that promotes healthy and natural indoor air quality through continuous fresh air supply.

Avocado Court also features a public community garden. Click here to see the construction video!
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  • 36 one, two and three bedroom apartments
  • 8 apartments set-aside for homeless disabled veterans
  • Energy-efficient, sustainable development that exceeds CA Title 24 energy code by 25%
  • Incorporates innovative features including on-site solar thermal domestic hot water, high-efficiency lighting and low-water use planting to save resident operating costs
  • Certification from Build it Green’s Green Point Rated Program
  • Affordable to resident earning 20% to 60% of Area Median Income
  • Designed by PUBLIC Architects
  • Construction Start: February 2012  Completion: April 2013


  • Free high speed internet service and WIFI hotspots for residents
  • 1,580 square foot community building
  • Multipurpose room with kitchen, computer center, management office, laundry facility,  maintenance room and meeting rooms
  • Play areas incorporating natural materials such as reclaimed tree trunks and rocks
  • A 9,000 square foot garden will be large enough to serve both the resident and the community.

Financing Sources:

  • Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit
  • City of Escondido Community Development Commission
  • HUD McKinney-Vento Supportive Housing Program
  • HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program
  • Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Affordable Housing Program
  • The Kendeda Fund/LISC Green Development Center


Corner of North Broadway & E. El Norte Parkway

Escondido, California

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