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September 12, 2017 Press Releases

Community HousingWorks Receives Congressional Recognition and Multiple Ruby Awards

Community HousingWorks Receives Congressional Recognition and Multiple Ruby Awards

Community HousingWorks (CHW) was recently recognized as a national leader in the affordable housing industry when they received the 2017 Congressional Recognition of Excellence Award (CREA) and two 2017 Ruby Awards for “Housing Project of the Year” and “SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Award for Retrofit.”

The Groves, an apartment complex which CHW renovated using HUD funds, is located in Pasadena and provides affordable housing as well as support services for low-income residents. The community received its CREA recognition for use of HOME funds, a financial grant for providing affordable housing. CHW was able to purchase the property and renovate it for affordable housing, thereby ensuring the community did not convert to market rate units. The Groves renovation added a computer lab, children’s play equipment and a resident-led organic garden.

In National City, the first phase of Paradise Creek was awarded the 2017 New Housing Project of the Year Ruby Award from the San Diego Housing Federation. The transit-oriented development adds 109 affordable apartments to the west side of the city and is designed to integrate into a walkable neighborhood plan connecting residents with transit service and local schools.

CHW’s Manzanita community, renovated in conjunction with the city of Escondido, was recognized with the SDG&E Energy Efficiency & Sustainability Ruby Award for incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability features into new affordable housing. The property now includes features such as high-efficiency heating systems and low-flow toilets in addition to free wi-fi and a new Community Center.

“We were proud to work with the City of Pasadena and HUD to keep these rents affordable for our residents,” says CHW CEO, Sue Reynolds. “With support from cities and federal funding sources like HOME, CHW can continue upgrading older affordable apartments to serve more people throughout the state.”