Located in the Spring Lake subdivision in the city of Woodland, Mutual Housing at Spring Lake will provide 62 apartments and townhomes, supportive services, and community building programs for agricultural workers and other low-income households. We anticipate starting construction at the end of 2012.
Mutual Housing at Spring Lake will be our first zero net energy development. Primarily through the use of photovoltaics, the property will generate at least as much energy as it consumes.
Of the 62 affordable apartment flats and town-homes, 61 will be set aside for agricultural workers and their families earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income. USDA rental subsidies will be available for these units to make monthly rent even more affordable. One apartment will be reserved for an on-site manager.
The Mutual Housing community’s proposed features include central open areas, a children’s play area, basketball hoop, community garden, resident/visitor parking and bike parking. All 62 units will have washers and dryers inside. A large community building will contain a large community room for classes, meetings and social events, a computer learning lab, a services coordinator/community organizing staff office, a multi-purpose room and a leasing office.
Services and community building programs will be provided on site. They include financial education, home-buyer preparation, college planning workshops, English as a second language classes, legal clinics and workshops, leadership development training and mentoring for youth and adults, and community service days. Other services will be available based on community need and interest.
Mutual Housing at Spring Lake will be located at the southeast corner of Pioneer Avenue and Farmer’s Central Road in the City of Woodland. The location is less than a half-mile south of Pioneer High School, directly across the street from Woodland Community College, and within a half-mile north of a public park located on Pioneer and Parkland Avenue.