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Lake Elsinore's New Low-Income Apartment Project Complete

Ninety-four of the 113 apartments at the newly constructed Pottery Court development are occupied or have been scheduled for move-in as of July 5

A new low-income housing project in Lake Elsinore is complete, and officials plan to mark the occasion.

On Thursday from 1-3 p.m., there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate final construction of the Pottery Court apartment complex located at 295 West Sumner Avenue.

Among the dignitaries scheduled to take part in the ceremony are Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale; Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster; and officials from BRIDGE Housing Corporation, the nonprofit developer on the project.

Redevelopment money was used to fund the $24 million project, which was approved by the Lake Elsinore in June 2008. Construction on the project wrapped up last month, said BRIDGE Housing spokesperson Lyn Hikida.

Eight residential buildings containing a total of 113 apartments make up the Pottery Court complex. Ninety-four of the apartments are occupied or have been scheduled for move-in as of July 5, and BRIDGE is still processing applications to fill the remaining units, Hikida said.

The apartments are targeted to families with annual incomes of up to $33,500 for a four-person household. Monthly rents range from approximately $559 to $677, depending on income and apartment size.

The development features 20 one-bedroom apartments, 48 two-bedrooms, and 45 three-bedrooms.

Application info is online at http://www.bridgehousing.com/Pottery-App-Info. Proof of income and U.S. citizenship are required as part of the application process.

Roberto July 11, 2012 at 09:09 PM
We need low income housing in Lake Elsinore and the surrounding are? LOL! Just about all the housing in Lake Elsinore s low income housing. How about building soem low income housing up there in Tuscany Hills ? Seems to me if you own property in an RDA, vote for low income housing this is a direct benefit to yourself and to our collective detriment. Now guess who did this and Her name isn't George Alongi.
Martha L. Bridges July 11, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Andy, the other areas or our neighboring cities are under pressure from state agencies to fulfill their obligations to build their "fair share" of low income housing, so Wildomar, Menifee, Murrieta and even Temecula will be catching up with their commitments as funding becomes available. We need to keep in mind that in the very low and low income housing market, there are good and bad designs/construction and poor or good administration. It is also true that many seniors, even hardworking ones that saved for retirement, have been devastrated by losses in their savings and investments or the unexpected loss of a spouse. There is a real need for this kind of housing and it's false to assume that everyone getting it is trying to scam the system.
Martha L. Bridges July 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Mr Arellano, It's my feeling that a lot of the disagreements we see in the Patch comments are due to a lack of knowledge and good information. Facts are better than opinions in most cases. Thankfully a great deal of information is now available to people online. No need to wonder about questions surrounding the low income housing. If you want to verify the required, qualifying very low, low and moderate income housing for Lake Elsinore you can use the following link: http://www.lake-elsinore.org/index.aspx?page=909 The following documents would be the best to start with: View Adopted General Plan/District Land Use Maps (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Downtown Master Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Adopted Housing Element (Adopted December 13, 2011) •View Lake Elsinore Climate Action Plan (Adopted December 13, 2011)
andy July 12, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Martha, I didn't mean to imply that anyone is trying to scam the system. I believe a few bad apples should not dissuade the community from fulfilling its obligation to its poor, sick, disabled, and elderly. I just think that there is a plethora of low cost rentals in our local market. There is also a lot of vacancies out here, and it is my opinion that we would be better served by not building housing for the poor at all but by enabling the poor to get housing in the open market through housing grants and subsidies for the indigent. Wouldn't this help the real estate market? Why must we warehouse the poor in these "projects" which often end up becoming eyesores and centers for crime?
Martha L. Bridges July 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
8:15 am on Thursday, July 12, 2012 Andy, I agree that alternative methods need to be considered, especially with the number of foreclosed homes and condos sitting empty. (and, likely more to come.) I understand that some cities and other groups are buying these homes at depressed value, rehabing them, and resell them at low cost and interest rates. My concern is with the people commenting hear who think we shouldn't help these needy people - even on a temporary basis. I see a lot of good people who have worked hard all their lives, and in many cases have done the right thing and put money aside for retirement. They have lost those retirement savings and often can't find work and there needs to be help for them. I just don't get how some people think food, shelter, health care and education shouldn't be available to those in need. Aren't we supposed to treat our neighbors decently, and assist those in need of our help? I believe it is an obligation to do so. And, that it is necessary for our society to progress and our economy to recover. I meant to say that it is the unlicensed contractors who are scamming the system, not the people who work for them.

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