QHA closes with RBC Community Investments to begin construction on affordable housing development
WINTERHAVEN — The Quechan Housing Authority (QHA) closed with equity investor RBC Community Investments Wednesday, Dec. 29, to begin construction on its $11.1 million development, QHA Homes #3. The development will rehabilitate 26 single-family homes on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation in Winterhaven, California, according to a press release.
“The Quechan Housing Authority is pleased to be awarded our third Low Income Housing Tax Credit development,” said Andreana Jackson, executive director of the Quechan Housing Authority. “The LIHTC program has given QHA the opportunity to provide full home rehabilitations with energy efficient options. Our tenants have benefited greatly from these significant renovations. We would not have been able to progress forward without our partnerships with RBC Community Investments and Travois. We look forward in continuing our partnerships and building for our Quechan community.”
Quechan Homes #3 received a 2021 Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) award from the California Tax Credit Allocation Commission (CTCAC) that generated over $8 million in investor equity from RBC Community Investments for the development.
“RBC Community Investments is proud to be a partner in QHA’s third LIHTC development,” said John Galfione, a director at RBC. “We are excited to see construction progress and welcome families in need of high quality, affordable housing to their new homes.”
The new development is a continuation of QHA Homes #2, a rehabilitation of 38 homes, and will rehabilitate the remaining 26 homes in the subdivision. The 26 homes are intended for large families. Nine homes, which have three bedrooms and one bathroom, will be rehabilitated and receive a second bathroom. Ten homes, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, will receive an additional bedroom and bathroom. And seven homes with four bedrooms and two bathrooms will be fully renovated, according to the release.
Travois Design, the project architect, incorporated several green building techniques in the rehabilitation scope to help lower energy use and costs. Each home will receive solar panels, increased wall and attic insulation, solar powered roof vents, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and energy-efficient water heaters. Construction will begin in early 2022.
QHA partnered with Travois for consulting and architectural services. Travois is a Certified B Corporation focused exclusively on promoting affordable housing and economic development for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
“We congratulate QHA as it begins construction on the second phase of rehabilitation,” said Trent Rogers, senior project manager at Travois. “The development will provide families with safe, affordable housing. We are proud to partner with the Quechan Housing Authority on this important project.”