Grand Opening of Los Arroyos in Farmersville!

Grand Opening of Los Arroyos in Farmersville!

Posted on April 30, 2024

On Thursday, April 4th, we hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Los Arroyos, our first affordable housing community in Farmersville. The new development is located at 135 E. Walnut Ave. and provides permanent affordable rental housing to working people in the community. The event was attended by elected officials, community leaders, and development partners who helped make the project possible. 

A new resident, Rojelio Alonso, shared how living at Los Arroyos has impacted his life. “It’s a blessing to live in these apartments because the management team is really good to us. We feel protected here and know we’re in a good environment.” 

Rogelio expressed his appreciation for having an affordable community available in the area, noting that there are not many options for people because of the rising cost of living. 

“Not a lot of people could afford to live in such a nice place. Thank you for doing this for the community of Farmersville. We are close to everything we need here. I’m excited for these new apartments and for the people who live here.” 

Los Arroyos offers affordable rents between approximately $458-$1,056/month, depending on the unit size and income. It is a transit-friendly project with pedestrian improvements, new bike lanes, and a vanpool program in partnership with the California Vanpool Authority. The new grid-neutral, zero-net energy project provides 108 units of affordable rental housing for low-income residents and farmworkers. It is a living space where families can thrive while also being located within walking distance of shopping, schools, recreation, and access to work opportunities. 

The new complex features one-, two-, and three-bedroom units to fit the needs of various households. In addition to serving the needs of extremely low to very low-income families, Los Arroyos includes units specifically designated for farmworker households, supporting those who are working in or retired from the agricultural industry. Rural Housing 514 loans (USDA) and the Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program (FWHG) from the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) help fund these specific units.

It includes a playground and plenty of outdoor open spaces. Its 3,000-square-foot community center is centrally located with a kitchen space and computer lab. Self-Help Enterprises Resident Services will also offer robust services, including financial literacy, health, and wellness classes at the centrally located community center for all residents. 

“Los Arroyos is a significant step in addressing the much-needed housing needs of working families in Farmersville who deserve a decent and affordable place to live. Farmersville has many residents, including those who work in agriculture, who find it difficult to pay the rent for a decent home in today’s market,” said Tom Collishaw, President and CEO of SHE. “Self-Help Enterprises is working to build and sustain healthy communities, such as Los Arroyos, so that families can thrive, with access to robust onsite services and various transportation choices.” 

The project was designed with sustainability features, including solar PV, water conservation, and a grey water recycling system. Those will help keep utility bills for residents and the property low, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. 

SHE, in partnership with Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG), used support from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program and Measure R Funds to provide financial support to the City of Farmersville to construct a Multi-Modal Hub on Front Street. The hub will soon act as a transit center for Tulare County Transit services that run through the community and provide a stop in the future Cross Valley Corridor. 

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