CHW recently rehabilitated Los Robles, a 40-year-old apartment community in Vista.

In 2013, CHW acquired and wholly rehabilitated this 40-year-old apartment complex, adding a third HUD Preservation project to CHW’s portfolio. CHW upgraded the apartments with energy-saving features and developed a new community building and community amenities.  The investment was over $60,000/unit, and completely revitalized and updated the community. Los Robles anticipates savings thousands of dollars because of the many energy efficient and water saving upgrades to the project, which help fund ongoing after-school programs for children and financial fitness to help families move up in the world.

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Fast Facts

Location: 1475 Oak Drive, Vista, CA 92084

Developer: Community HousingWorks

Architect: Joseph Simon & Associates

General Contractor: Sun Country Builders

Landscape Concept: Schmidt Landscape

Civil Engineer: Stuart Engineering

Construction Manager: RH Consulting

Rehabilitation Period: April – December 2013


  • Multipurpose community room and kitchen
  • After-school learning classroom/center with computer room
  • Apartments feature new bathrooms, kitchens and windows
  • Updated landscaping
  • Patios and barbeques
  • Upgraded play and recreation area
  • Bike racks
  • Located in close proximity to neighborhood amenities, including schools, transit and retail


In 1996, CHW helped the residents of Los Robles purchase the property from the former owner in order to prevent it from converting from HUD-restricted affordable rents to market rate rents, likely resulting in the eviction of many residents from the property.  CHW started a two phased rehabilitation in 2012 by increasing long-term sustainability with features such as energy star appliances, low-e (emissive) windows, and a domestic solar hot water system. Additionally, CHW  installed a 125 KW photovoltaic (solar) electrical system funded with a grant received from competitive, MASH 2 program from the California Solar Initiative of the CA Public Utilities Commission.

In 2013, CHW acquired and wholly rehabilitated this 37 year-old apartment complex, adding a third HUD Preservation project to CHW’s portfolio. All apartments were upgraded with new bathrooms, kitchens and windows; and a new community building, newly sized to provide adequate space for CHWs’ award winning Learning Communities programs.  In addition, the rehabilitation updated the landscape, added patios, barbeques, bike racks and upgraded the play/recreation area. Four homes were remodeled for greater accessibility to residents with disabilities.

Like CHWs’ nationally awarded Turnagain Apartments (Fallbrook, CA) in 2008 (see Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits Developments of Distinction 2010—Innovative HUD Finance), Los Robles was financed with HUD FHA 236 loan and a LIHPHRA Grant. The new financing for Los Robles includes low income housing tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.

Sustainability and Green Features

  • $1.2 million invested in green upgrades: 125 kW solar photovoltaic (solar) electrical system provides 100 percent of resident and common area electrical energy
  • Gas and water consumption each reduced by over 50%
  • Participant in SDG&E’s Energy Upgrade California program, improving energy efficiency by over 35%
  • Domestic solar hot water system
  • Energy star appliances
  • Low-e (emissive) windows
  • Organic fruit and vegetable garden for resident use

Financing Sources:

  • California Tax Credit Committee, Low Income Housing Tax Credits
  • Union Bank, equity provider & construction lender
  • California Community Reinvestment Corporation, permanent lender
  • California Municipal Finance Association, bond issuer
  • Los Robles Community Housing Association – Loan
  • NeighborWorks© Energy Upgrade Grant
  • Multifamily Affordable Solar Homes Grant (MASH)
  • California Solar Initiative – Thermal Rebate
  • Local Initiative Support Corporation
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development