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Our Story


The mission of Mutual Housing California is to develop, manage, and support sustainable affordable housing where residents are partners in advancing equitable communities.

The Mutual Housing founders’ major objective was to create a locally controlled nonprofit that would be a force for revitalizing low-income communities by strengthening neighborhood assets–both the housing and the neighborhood leaders. By acquiring deteriorating multifamily structures, they envisioned that Mutual Housing could leverage private and public capital to renovate properties and turn them around into safe, affordable and well-functioning residential communities. Similarly, by attracting investment to construct new housing on vacant in-fill lots, Mutual Housing would add to the local supply of safe, affordable housing and eliminate the hazards often associated with vacant lots.

As important, Mutual Housing was created to help stabilize neighborhoods by identifying and developing leaders. By encouraging residents to participate in decision making in their communities, Mutual Housing would develop future local leaders — people who cared about the future of their neighborhoods and would organize others to increase the safety and well-being of other residents. These original founding objectives remain the same today.

Mutual Housing offers a permanent solution to the housing needs of California’s diverse families. Mutual Housing owns and operates 1,148 homes, housing over 3,200 residents. Some of our communities are designed and constructed by us on vacant in-fill lots; others are acquired and rehabilitated by Mutual Housing. Mutual Housing is also known for its cutting edge work in bringing innovative housing programs to the Sacramento region.