Mutual Housing on the Greenway
6311 Sampson Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95824
Manager: Valeri Kennedy Stewart | firstname.lastname@example.org
Units: 54 (one, two, three and five bedroom apartments)
In 1994, the community that we now know as Mutual Housing on the Greenway was a deteriorated and vacant apartment complex, the casualty of a series of owners who failed to maintain the buildings and grounds.
For several years prior, negligent owners at the former Colony Manor were still renting to families and individuals who had few other housing choices. Resident children played among the broken glass, drug paraphernalia, and abandoned sofas and tires littering the common areas.
The owner ultimately filed bankruptcy, and the bank foreclosed. Neighbors worried about the possibility of a new owner with just as little regard for residents and the surrounding community. Members of a local ACT (Area Churches Together) group – the Lemon Hill/Gloria Dei Community Organization – had identified Colony Manor as a major source of their neighborhood’s problems.
These activists enlisted the support of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and Supervisor Illa Collin to address this challenge. Their goal was to identify a purchaser who would work with the community and operate the housing responsibly.
At the time, Lyla Ferris Hanson, former member of the Sacramento City Council and then-assistant to Supervisor Collin, was Mutual Housing’s Board President. She encouraged the board and staff to consider buying the property and rehabilitating it to create quality affordable housing.
Mutual Housing’s experience with transforming Glen Ellen Mutual Housing Community and Mutual Housing at Dixieanne from dangerous vacant sites to thriving and safe communities gave confidence to neighbors, local agency and elected officials, and funders. The acquisition was successful, and work began. Mutual Housing on the Greenway opened its rehabilitated doors in 1996.
In recent years, Greenway has been the primary community for a special partnership between Mutual Housing and St. John’s Program for Real Change (formerly St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children). Women who successfully complete their time at the shelter’s transitional program, along with vocational training through the shelter’s Plates Café, receive rental subsidies and ongoing case management as they transition to longer-term residency at Greenway.
In 2013 (in a lovely echo of their neighbors who supported the creation of the community in the 1990s) Greenway residents approached the County Board of Supervisors to support a $5.8 million rehabilitation project for Greenway and Mutual Housing at Sky Park.
The Board approved the project, and the property’s rehabilitation commenced in December 2013. The scope of work included energy efficiency upgrades and the use of green building materials that made the community eligible for Build It Green certification.
In addition to meeting California green building codes, all Greenway buildings were made at least 10 percent more energy efficient. New drought-tolerant landscaping was installed, as was a weather-sensitive irrigation system. Drainage improvements, including a storm-water retention system, were made in the courtyard.
The community also recently saw a major upgrade to its community room and computer lab. Community Organizers work with Residents to foster their membership and cultivate Resident Leadership. Resident led programming includes a summer lunch program to feed low-income children in the neighborhood when school is out. The site is home to a diverse population, which incorporates cultural celebrations throughout the year.
Mutual Housing on the Greenway from the sky after 2014 rehabilitation project.
Architect: Anders & Falltrick Architects
General Contractor: Sunseri Construction
Funding sources: Sacramento County (Housing Trust Fund and HOME funds), Bank of the West (construction and permanent loans), Raymond James (equity through the purchase of low-income housing tax credits), State Department of Housing and Community Development (permanent loan), and Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (energy-efficiency grant).
•One, two, three and five bedroom units
•Serving families below 50% and 60% of area median income
•Amenities include: community room, basketball courts, playground, community organizer
•located in South Sacramento, near Highway 99 and 47th Avenue